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Open meetings, not complaint sessions

The primary purpose of an open meeting — be it a city council, school board, or county board — is to conduct public business in an open setting. These government bodies are required by law to do so, and the public is welcome to observe the process. They are not, however, required to allow time for public comment. Many do reserve time on the regular agenda to address any concerns from the public as a courtesy to their constituents.
This is the case for the Glencoe City Council. A portion of time is reserved during the meeting for public comments. Glencoe Mayor Randy Wilson and the Council feel it is important to give the residents of the city the opportunity to address the Council.
There are legitimate reasons for a citizen to come to an open city council meeting to make a comment, but there are more effective avenues to address concerns. Contact information for the mayor and Glencoe City Council members is available on the city’s website. The city offices also are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact your Council member or the city office with concerns. They can then research the issue and direct your concern to the appropriate personnel.
Coming to a Council meeting to put the mayor or council on the spot, asking what the exact size of sanitary sewer pipe at your house is, only makes the person asking the question look foolish.
The Glencoe City Council will hold two public hearings on Monday, Oct. 6, regarding two significant street and utility projects slated for 2015. There are a lot of concerns about the project. If you have concerns for a public hearing, ask the questions ahead of time so the issues can be more effectively addressed at the public hearings.
Our elected officials are here to help us. Give them a call to ensure your concerns can be effectively addressed.