City Council Candidate Proposes 'Traveling' Meetings
Hark says Salem Hills, Hilltop, Pine Bend and the Middle School/High schools would be ideal locations.
Inver Grove Heights City Council candidate Paul Hark is proposing “traveling” city council meetings four times per year hosted throughout the community, according to a release from the Hark campaign.
These meeting would be spread out over the course of the year at the different schools, or other facilities equipped to host council meetings.
“As I knock on doors every evening, I have learned that most residents, especially those with families are very interested in city business, but are too busy to trek down to City Hall," Hark said. "However, if we move the meetings to their neighborhoods, or schools, they may make an extra effort to participate in the meetings."
By holding meetings throughout the community, residents may feel more comfortable addressing the City Council with issues unique to their neighborhood or area.
Hark's idea comes on the heels of a local elections forum hosted by Town Square Television in which he said the city council is in dire need of new faces, fresh ideas and a technology overhaul.
“We need to look for new ways to connect with residents," Hark said. "Let’s try neighborhood meetings. If they don’t work, we can try something else."