A Pierce County Council committee today delayed action on moving the full council’s meetings to a later starting time so more members of the public could attend.
The panel weighed increased access versus added costs of moving Tuesday’s council meetings from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Increased costs would include security screening at one entrance to the County-City Building and a Sheriff’s deputy for the meeting and building. Council budget analyst Paul Bocchi estimated the added costs at $13,300 a year.
Council member Connie Ladenburg, D-Tacoma, proposed moving the council meetings to 5 p.m.
She said the council needs to make sure “that we are allowing the public the opportunity to come if they so choose.”
Since most people work until 5 p.m., “they don’t have a choice now,” Ladenburg said.
Council Chairwoman Joyce McDonald, R-Puyallup, said that in her five years on the council no one has ever asked her to change the council’s meeting times.
“The people are the ones that are paying the bill,” McDonald said. “We should not take that lightly.”
The Rules and Operations Committee voted 2-1 to postpone a decision until April 15.