Missouri City Council meetings may be starting earlier, according to an ordinance discussed and preliminarily approved during a City Council meeting on Feb. 6.

The ordinance, which includes a host of other changes to how the City Council operates and clarifies public interaction with the City Council, has taken about a year to make its way to a vote since it was first introduced on April 30, 2022 and will do the following:
  • Requires that City Council meetings begin at 6:30 p.m., instead of 7 p.m.
  • Clarifies that special meetings may be called by the Mayor, City Manager, or three City Councilmembers.
  • Clarifies that members of the public may address the City Council for a maximum of three minutes during the public comment portion and for three minutes during each public hearing.
  • Lays out a series of rules for dealing with discrimination and harassment, and requires that city councilmembers be notified if a complaint has been lodged against them for the same.
  • Requires a designated Sergeant-at-Arms for each official City Council meeting.
  • Clarifies the mayor’s role in managing a meeting.
Exact changes due to the ordinance may be found via the city’s agenda. If adopted at the City Council's next regular meeting on Feb. 20, the City Council will use those rules moving forward.