(Iron Mountain - December 05, 2017) - After nearly 17 years of meeting
at 6:30 PM, the Iron Mountain City Council on Monday agreed to change the time
of their regular meetings to 6:00 PM. The change will take effect at the next
regular council meeting on December 18.
The change has been discussed
informally by members of the Council in the past, but no action had been taken.
At the Monday meeting, City Manager Jordan Stanchina said he had researched the
matter, and it was clear that the council has the authority to change the
meeting time with a simple majority vote. Stanchina said that while the City
Charter does set the mandatory meeting day as being on the first and third
Monday of each month, it allows the Council to set the time of those meetings.
After brief discussion, the Council voted unanimously to approve the change.
While no official reason was given for the change, this reporter has
regularly noticed Council members glancing nervously at their watches on meeting
nights, especially if the Green Bay Packers or the Detroit Lions happen to be
playing in the Monday Night Football games.
The Council must meet on the
first and third Mondays of the month unless that date conflicts with a
recognized National holiday.