The Puyallup City Council will revisit its decision to move the start time of council meetings an hour earlier to 6 p.m.
The council, with two members absent, voted 3-2 Tuesday to consider at a future meeting a resolution that would change the start time back to 7 p.m.
“We have to listen to our constituency,” said Councilman Rick Hansen.
Since members last December narrowly approved the earlier time in a 4-3 vote, several citizens have spoken up at meetings in opposition.
“The 6 o’clock time is a terrible time if you’re serious about involving citizens,” said resident Steven Shores on Tuesday.
Not everyone agrees.
Councilman Don Malloy, who in December voted against the earlier time, said he’s changed his mind. The 6 p.m. time is better for city staff and students who attend, and only a small number of residents have spoken out in favor of starting later, he said.
Still, he voted with Hansen and Councilman John Knutsen to bring the item back for a vote.
Councilwoman Nicole Martineau said she’s noticed greater attendance since the meetings moved to 6 p.m. She joined Councilman Kent Boyle in voting against reconsidering.
Mayor Kathy Turner and Deputy Mayor Tami Brouillet were absent.