Other Voices: 2 town hall meetings in Grass Valley
If you’re a resident of Grass Valley, are there questions you wish answered about your community?
Do you wish to learn more about how your city operates and the challenges it faces?
Do you wish to meet and talk to your mayor and council members in an informal setting?
We, your City Council members, have set a goal of having more public outreach opportunities.
Increased citizen involvement generates many benefits, including policies that better serve the broader public interest. We desire to see more of our residents involved with what occurs within our city and gain your feedback.
To kick off our outreach effort, the city has scheduled two town hall meetings:
• Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall at 255 S. Auburn St.; and
• Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Fire Station #2 at 213 Sierra College Dr.
The purpose of these meetings is to have an informal dialogue with the citizens of Grass Valley. We have regular council meetings, broadcast the meetings on NCTV channel 17, provide press releases, meet individually with people and speak at various civic meetings.
While these efforts provide information, there is limited opportunity for an open discussion with the City Council.
It’s our hope these town hall meetings will give you and us another opportunity to touch on many things the city does. We want to hear directly from you about your concerns, questions and vision for the future. It is an opportunity for you to interact with your City Council and city employees in an informal setting.
An overview of the city’s goals, functions and major services will be presented. The public will get an update on the challenges we face and those anticipated in our future. Most importantly, the majority of the meeting will be to take comments from you.
Over the next several months you will have the opportunity to be engaged in the election of three City Council members and other elected offices, including the president of the Unites States. This is your opportunity to be directly involved at all levels of government.
Please, take it seriously, be informed, and exercise your right to vote.
I look forward to speaking with you on Aug. 20 and Sept. 17 at our town hall meetings.
Mark Johnson is the mayor of Grass Valley.
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