A move to change the time when the Summerville City Council meets is underway. However, some council members aren't thrilled about the move.
Currently, the monthly meetings start at 6 p.m. It's been that way for about a year. Now some councilmen want to revert to the original starting time at 5 p.m.
It's unclear if there is enough support on the council to change. Mayor Harry Harvey and Councilmen Joe Money Jr., and Earl H. Parris prefer the current 6 p.m. start.
Councilman Zach Martin said "Either [time] is fine," and councilmen Buddy Windle and David Ford want to start earlier at 5 p.m.
"One of the reasons for the change in time [to 6 p.m.] was to give more people an opportunity to attend and be here at the meeting. Of course that means if you start at 6, you stay longer," Mayor Harry Harvey said.
"I don't know if changing it to 6 o'clock brought any more people or not. I mean if people are going to come, they are going to come. If they are mad, they are mad," Councilman Buddy Windle said.
Attorney Albert Palmour said he already had prepared an ordinance to change the meeting time. It's up for approval at the council's next meeting on April 10.
When the first discussion took place about changing the time, last meeting, Councilman Parris was not present. However, Monday night he wanted to know which council members pushed for the time change.
"Mayor, who made that motion to change the ordinance," Councilman Parris asked.
"I did," Councilman Windle said.
"You made the motion?"
"I saw that," Parris said.