Hamilton commission changes meeting times to seek better attendance

The Hamilton City Building at 345 High St. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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The Hamilton City Building at 345 High St. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

In an effort to improve attendance at Hamilton Planning Commission meetings, the panel recently changed its bylaws so it can meet on different days of the week.

From now on, the commission will meet on Thursdays, rather than on Mondays, effective at its next meeting, which is at 6 p.m. Feb. 21. In another modification, one of its monthly meetings will be at 1:30 p.m., while the other will be at 6 p.m., so that in cases where many people may want to comment on an issue, an evening time may be better.

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Another reason for the change from Mondays: Often, holidays fall on Mondays.

Here’s how the meetings will be scheduled:

  • The first meeting of the month will happen on the first Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
  • The second meeting will happen on the third Thursday, at 6 p.m.

“A regularly scheduled night meeting will greatly reduce the need for the special meetings, which have been lately at night,” Senior Planner Michael Ionna wrote to the commission, explaining reasons for the change.

The commission voted 5-0 for the change. At one recent meeting a matter involving professional wrestling failed to give approval to pro-wrestling events when only six of the planning commission’s seven members were present and they voted 3-3, which was a failing vote.

When terms of the wrestling proposal were changed, the commission later approved events by Future Great Wrestling.

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