Saturday, February 23, 2008

Public Input Meeting on Open Government UPDATE

First, we'd like to thank everyone who braved the cold (and threat of "wintry mix") who came out to Las Palmas Restaurant in Goliath Shopping Center Feb. 21. We'd also like to thank the restaurant's owner for her graciousness in providing a place where citizens could meet with us informally and talk about their ideas and concerns.

A number of good comments and suggestions came forward, from making audio of the meetings accessible from the city website to restoring checks and balances to city financial operations -- and much in between! Many recommendations wouldn't cost a penny. We'll compile this information over the weekend to provide to the council, government counterparts and the public on Monday.

We'd also like to thank the many people who couldn't come, but let their interest be known, and those who have shown such great support and interest in our newsletter as well. We've been asked how often we'll update the site. We'll strive for at least once a week, but if warranted and time permits, we'll update more often. We are in the process of scheduling a follow up to this meeting and a later meeting concerning the FY09 budget.