This week Council did something new and different. We had a weekday meeting.
Mayor Hameeduddin suggested that Council meet in open session at 2pm instead of our typical 8pm meeting time.1
Truth be told I was a bit skeptical. I wasn’t entirely sure that anyone would show up! We walked into the council chambers to this scene:
A packed house
Literally, every seat was filled. We had an overflow crowd in the halls. Residents were speaking at the Good & Welfare portion for well over an hour, telling the council about their concerns and informing us of how they wished us to proceed.
This was democracy in action and the daytime meeting provided a rare opportunity for many who otherwise couldn’t, to come and address council about their concerns. We will continue holding these types of meetings throughout the year (hopefully supplementing others meetings with additional ways people can address council-members, e.g. video from home).
The importance of having more people be able to contribute
One of the reasons I was so happy this was such a success is because Continue reading “Working Productively For A Better Shared Future”