Mallory Herrmann

The city council will hold their regular meetings on Tuesdays, effective this October. They voted on July 26 to change the meeting schedule from the first three Thursdays of the month to the first three Tuesdays. Regular sessions will be held the first and third Tuesday, with their work session on the second Tuesday. Their next meeting will be a regular session on Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m., following a closed session.

The charter does not require a specific day on the calendar for meetings; the council passes a resolution each year to set their schedule. Councilmembers weighed in on the scheduling of personal, professional and other city events around that schedule. Councilmember Diane Forte cited school board meetings and other community events as being regularly missed by councilmembers on Thursdays with the current schedule. Brian Head, city attorney, echoed her comments, noting that most cities hold their council meetings on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Councilmember Phyllis Edson noted that no matter what night of the week they choose, there will be scheduling conflicts and that changing council meetings to Tuesdays will affect other city meetings: the planning commission, arts council and Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street all hold Tuesday meetings at which a council liaison traditionally attends.

Councilmembers Edson, Fred DeMoro and Bob Johnson voted against the decision. All eight councilmembers and the mayor were present for the vote.