Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Council Meeting

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.

1 comment:

  1. It has been my experience (through my job) here in Texas that council members typically get a packet of information covering the subjects covered during that evening meeting. However, they typically get the info packet the day before or (most typically) the evening of council meeting. So, they are trying to play catch-up during the meeting while people are talking or asking questions.
    I am so excited that you are taking an interest in the goings on of your city. You are much braver than I. You also don't have problems with confrontation. I can stand confrontation, but it makes me uncomfortable. Plus, hubby and I deal with so much politick-ing through work that we just want to get away from it after working hours.
    I have found that you just have to go to those things with a positive attitude and just stay calm through the whole thing. There are people that attend council meetings just to rile people up, so the best thing is to stay calm and make the trouble-makers work harder!