At their meeting this week, the Lubbock City Council unanimously approved moving their meetings to the evening hours.

Their meetings currently begin with citizen comment at 7:30 a.m., followed by executive session, then back to meeting in the chambers.

Beginning in August, the meetings will begin no earlier than 6:15 p.m. The Council will first meet in executive session beginning around 3 p.m. to get that portion of the meeting concluded before going into open meeting, to help cut down on public meeting lengths.

“I think it’s a good thing, and if we see that we’re not having any attendance, then we can always go back,” said District 5 Councilwoman Karen Gibson. “We are their council, this is their city, and I think we should at least give them the opportunity to be involved.”

The Council had previously approved having one evening meeting per quarter, which has not yet been held.