RDMGtv received a unique agenda from city hall on Tuesday. This agenda looked a little different than what we have seen in the past. See the agenda below and let me explain.
The agenda provided was worded a little different. Although it was labeled "Special Meeting" , we see many of those throughout the year. The subject item on the agenda struck me as a little odd. Item (A) was "General Discussion of City Government". Now this may seem overly bland and opaque, but I don't believe I have seen this type of line item before. It seems to me this is an as open and inviting a line item, as I remember.
I Had the opportunity to speak briefly with Mayor Don Amon, at a completely spontaniouse meeting in Stillwater. Don mentioned the special meeting, and I replied, "yes, I saw the unusual agenda come into us today via email". Don explained "It's a Cushing Conversation meeting, for the general public, and I wanted all commissioners to be able to attend". Thus an agenda had to be created to accommodate the public meeting of all commissioners for the express purpose of meeting with the public, answering questions, providing details, and considering what those citizens, at the meeting, might like to discuss.
When I returned to the office an additional email from commissioner Brannon was in the in-box, seemingly to address the same issue with some included details. Mr. Brannon's email is shown below.
As you can see it explains some of the topics that will be discussed on Thursday, with all of the city commissioners. It is also highlighted in GREEN; what they hope to exercise from the public, while also trying to boost convenience store sales tax revenue, in the process.
I am encouraged that this idea has not seen it's demise, and will encourage more participation on behalf of the Cushing citizens. I believe this is a real attempt to gauge where the citizens of Cushing believe the direction of city government is headed, and where it can go in the future.
RDMGtv encourages all citizens to take some time to participate in hearing from your city leaders, and allowing your city leaders to here from their constituents. Many questions can be answered if asked, and if there are not answers to the questions at the meeting, it will demonstrate to the city commission, concerns of citizens. They can then begin to find answers to the issues that are most important to those who live, work and do business in Cushing.