SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Springs City Council has decided that it will revert to a time-honored 7 p.m. start for its meeting on Tuesday, March 7.
Late last month, the council moved to change the start of its first-and-third Tuesday of the month meetings to 5 p.m., and to hold Public Comment sessions at the end of the meeting, rather than the start - as has long been the case. The announcement to revert to 7 p.m. (and to once again hold Public Comment sessions at the beginning of the night) was made during the council's pre-agenda meeting at noon on Friday, March 3.
The change last month was intiated as a way of addressing potential solutions to the lengthy and at-times volatile public comment sessions during recent council meetings.
Each speaker was also to be allotted twice as long to talk as is currently allotted - four minutes instead of two. It is unclear whether the two-minute rule will also be back in effect.
A discussion is scheduled to take place on the mayor’s agenda Tuesday night March 7 regarding any future changes to council time(s).