COLUMBIA, SC — Columbia councilman and mayoral candidate Moe Baddorah on Monday suggested that City Council hold its meetings in places that can accommodate larger crowds and put a stop to marathon meetings that have lasted until 3:30 a.m.
The first-term councilman suggests council meetings be held in a community center or a public school auditorium.
Baddourah also wants a reasonable cut-off time for council meetings. The Aug. 13 meeting, which included hours-long discussions about a strong-mayor referendum and a controversial plan to move the homeless from the city center, put council in the position of voting on major issues when few were there to learn of the decisions. One of those votes was to incur $90 million in debt to pay for upgrades to the water and sewer systems.
Baddourah said he will present his recommendations to City Council at its Sept. 3 meeting.