I attended my first council meeting on Monday night. It was...interesting. I had heard several different ways of how past meetings have gon, so I didn't really know what to expect.
There were some outbursts during the public speaking forum, and a little confusion during the time in between the public and official speaking time, and the guy from the Humane Society JUST WOULDN"T SHUT UP!
A few of the things I noticed (and maybe this is how things work or are supposed to) was a lot of the council members didn't really have all the information on the subjects being discussed so while lots of questions (a few good) were being asked, it seemed as though maybe some of this stuff should have been discussed or figured out before the meeting.
It was really just a nice time to sit back and absorb.
Despite what, I am sure, several people think, I did go into the meeting with an open-mind and tried my best to not come with any preconcieved notions about how people were supposed to act.
With few comments from the peanut gallery, and the section I was sitting in, didn't get any debris thrown our way, the meeting was educational and I look forward to attending for the rest of the year.