Trying to find a time for a special meeting during the holidays is proving difficult for the Augusta City Council.
Matt Malone asked for a special meeting before the end of the year to discuss the ordinances that regulate building and renovating downtown buildings.
The council settled on Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. The early time was determined in order to help avoid scheduling conflicts of some staff in the inspection department.
Councilor Ron Reavis had a similar concern at Monday’s council meeting.
The council already has a work session scheduled between the two regular meetings in January so deciding what to do was difficult.
A motion was made to wait until after the first of the year with the date left open. Councilors Matt Childers, Mike Rawlings, Ron Reavis and Sue Jones voted to delay the meeting. Malone, Mike Martin, Mike Huddleston and Mike Wallace voted no in order to keep the meeting on Dec. 10.
Mayor Kristey Williams broke the tie and voted to delay the meeting to an unspecified date in 2013.
“I asked for this meeting to press this council to get something done about this,” Malone said. “This is what we do. We set it up and then just keep pushing it back.”
Mayor Williams disagreed saying that no one could say that of this council since they always meet regularly and hold meetings as scheduled.
The governing body did set a date for the annual public hearing on budget amendments. That hearing will be held during the next council meeting on Dec. 17, 2012.