ROANOKE, va. -

The future of Mill Mountain is at the center of a simmering debate in the city of Roanoke.

Monday, a dozen people spoke out at a meeting of Roanoke City Council, encouraging leaders to maintain the Mill Mountain Advisory Committee, keep traditional stakeholders as members and give them advisory authority for the entire mountain.

Roanoke City Council was considering an ordinance that would make the long-running ad hoc committee permanent, but committee supporters were worried the new panel would not include representatives of the Mill Mountain Zoo, the Mill Mountain Garden Club or the Fishburne Family, which donated the land to the city.

Monday afternoon, a long line of Roanokers said they want the committee to have advisory authority for the whole mountain, and include the traditional stakeholders.

It appears that council will approve an ordinance that addresses the concerns of the citizens who spoke Monday but they'll have to wait until the next meeting in early April when the entire council is expected to be on hand for the vote.