The Town of Golden has changed the time for one of its two council meetings a month, according to Town of Golden Chief Administrative Officer, David Allen.
The scheduling of the meetings has changed to include one evening and one afternoon meeting per month.
“It is the first and third Tuesday of every month, like they have been in the past. The first meeting of the month will be at 7 p.m. in the evening. The next meeting will be at 1:15 p.m. in the afternoon,” Allen said.
Allen explained that the decision was made at the end of last year.
“I think it was made in early December. I believe it was the Dec. 4 meeting where it was made.”
Part of the reason for changing the time of the meeting was to hopefully give more people the chance to come out and attend.
“I think the feeling was there was not a great deal of attendance at the evening meetings. There might be some people who would be inclined to come in the afternoon. By offering a choice between afternoon and evening meetings that might get a broader spectrum of participation,” Allen said.
Allen added that he has seen this type of decision made in different towns.
“I know there have been other communities which have staggered their meetings. The other thing that has happened is the committee of the whole meetings, that have happened in the past, once a month, no longer formally meet,” he said.
Allen also felt this new afternoon meeting would be fairer to the residents in Golden.
“I think the feeling was it would provide equal opportunity. I can imagine, for people who are working during the day, they can come to the evening meetings,” he said.
“But others who work shift work, like at LP or CP Rail, would not be able to come to an evening meeting. Seniors may be more inclined to come out in the afternoon as well…It is hard to know but we will see what happens.”