Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Council's meeting changed for more public involvement

By Robert Anglen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A new time for today's City Council meeting had Cincinnati officials fumbling with electronic calendars and planners.

        “Oh gosh,” Councilman Phil Heimlich said. “I didn't know it was this Wednesday.”

        Councilman Pat DeWine also forgot that today's meeting has been moved from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

        To boost community participation in public meetings, from today through October, one Wednesday meeting a month will be held at night.

        Councilman Paul Booth, who proposed the changes, said most cities in the region have night meetings.

        “They must know something we don't,” he said, adding this will give those who work during regular council meetings a chance to see what goes on at City Hall.

        City Clerk Sandy Sherman said this isn't the first time night meetings have been tried.

        “We did them in the '70s and the '80s. Every so often we get a new council member who comes in and wants to try,” he said. “Maybe people will take more time out. They can have dinner at one of our fine local restaurants and then come over and serve their civic responsibility.”


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