Highlights from September 20 Council meetings

Highlights from September 20 Council meetings

September 20 City Council Work Session & Afternoon Session HIGHLIGHTS Neither Nicole Stewart nor Patrick Buffkin were on hand for the work session about community engagementCommunity Engagement Board will meet the second Wednesday of every month at 4:30pm at One...

August 16, 2022 City Council Meeting

August 16, 2022 City Council Meeting

Highlights Councilor Cox asked that $332,033 in funding for Dix Park Cultural Interpretative Plan be held six months due to other pressing needs – motion failed due to lack of a second Several public comments about lack of engagement by this council, lack of...

What makes a public comment a public comment?

What makes a public comment a public comment?

The Mayor and Council members need to step up and prove what they’re worth, especially after voting substantial salary increases for their positions. They need to do the right thing…listen to ALL their constituents and perform or get fired!

June 21, 2022 City Council Meetings

June 21, 2022 City Council Meetings

Highlights It costs almost $35k to build a bus shelter and takes about a year in best case scenario; there is still a great need for more shelters.July 5 public hearing on Parks Bond Referendum approved 6 to 2 with Councilors Cox and Forte dissenting.Staff will draft...

5/17/22 City Council Meeting

5/17/22 City Council Meeting

HIGHLIGHTS Councilor Buffkin absent again for all of work session and some of afternoon session (many recent absences seem to coincide with his NC Senate campaign activities, showing his priorities) Several councilors express concerns about lack of transparency and...

May 10 Council and Committee meetings round-up

May 10 Council and Committee meetings round-up

Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of Z-67-21, located at the intersections of I-440 at Lassiter Mill Road and Lassiter Mill Road at Six Forks Road. This despite strong concerns expressed by area residents concerning the impact on fire safety, traffic,...

Allowing virtual public comments at in-person meetings would increase citizen participation

Allowing virtual public comments at in-person meetings would increase citizen participation

First, I would like to address a statement Councilor Stewart made at a recent meeting. She said that it’s the same people who participate in public comment time after time, but this simply is not true. I collected data from City Council minutes for September 4, 2018 to September 7, 2022 for a total of 64 meetings: 32 meetings before Council began meeting virtually and 32 meetings after. You can see this data displayed in the bar graph. During the virtual meetings, participation in public comments increased 17%, and the number of individuals that spoke only once before council increased 23%.