The Carthage City Council has been meeting at 7:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of the month for as long as almost anyone can remember, but that could change in two weeks.

The Carthage City Council has been meeting at 7:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of the month for as long as almost anyone can remember, but that could change in two weeks.
Council members heard on first reading a council bill that would move the regular meetings to 6:30 p.m., while keeping them on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.
City Administrator Tom Short said the city's five standing committees have all moved their meetings to earlier in the evening in recent years and moving the council meeting will help reduce staff time spent at meetings.
“The council meeting is the latest meeting and it's right in the middle of the evening, so you have to go home, wait an hour and a half, and it kind of kills the evening,” Short told the Council's Public Services Committee, which discussed the proposal before it went to the full Council. “The discussion was if we could move that up a little bit, it would facilitate staff time, it would still facilitate the public being able to come to the meeting and do something the rest of the evening if we get the meeting over with earlier.”
Short said the council has been meeting at 7:30 p.m. for at least the past 20 years.
City Attorney Nate Dally told the full council on Tuesday his father, former long-time city attorney David Dally, told him Council meetings were moved from Monday to Tuesday many years ago when the National Football League started playing games on Monday night.
Mayor Mike Harris said the five standing committees used to meet later in the evening, but those committees have changed their meeting times in recent years. Now the latest start time for a standing committee is the Budget Ways and Means Committee which starts at 6 p.m. every second Monday.
Harris and Short gave the Planning, Zoning and Historic Preservation Committee as an example of public participation in an earlier meeting.
“Planning and zoning meets at 5:15 p.m., and they have regulatory authority,” Short said. “They're making decisions the public is definitely involved in and those meetings are well attended.”
Public Services Committee Chairman Brady Beckham said his primary goal was to make sure the public can attend the meetings.
“While I would in general be very conscious of burdens on staff, I think, in my opinion, the only question we have to ask is what's best for the public,” Beckham said. “And if that's at 12:30, which probably means I can't serve on council anymore, then that's the time it needs to be.”
The Council will take a final vote on the change at their next meeting, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28.