As a former journalist, I miss attending city council meetings.
For the most part, they’re pretty cut and dried with city business, but every now and again an impassioned citizen will want to express a grievance about something that’s made their life especially difficult. But the fireworks aren’t what amaze me—it’s the ability for that governing body to immediately effect change on such a micro scale.
Some friends have asked why I started my political aspirations by setting my sights on Congress and not something like, say, city council. Good question! Mainly, because I don’t believe that city council is a minor league farm for training people to play in the “big leagues” of Congressional politics. In fact, I believe that city council requires more gray hair, not less.
I believe that city council requires more gray hair, not less.
City council deals with executive-level issues that impact citizens on a daily basis: Overseeing safety in police and fire departments, zoning, planning, roads and property taxes. For example, in tonight’s Grapevine city council meeting they approved a new Chick-fil-A that will replace the old one at highways 121 and 114. The way the current restaurant is situated, it occasionally disrupts traffic on William D. Tate Ave. The new location will allow for more parking and less disruption to traffic.
Fortunately, the way developers planned for construction of the new location will mean limited disruption to the old one for continued business (phew!), but the old location WILL have to shutdown for 2-3 months near the completion of the new location because there is some overlap in the construction area (for what it’s worth, city council members wondered why there had to be any disruption to business at all, and I think that’s some A+ chicken sandwich advocacy for those who lunch nearby).
Pretty quick, quiet, business-as-usual city council meeting for @GrapevineTXCity. It’s early, but YTD financials are tracking w/ projections, and unemployment sits under national avg. Overall, a healthy economy for Grapevine 👌 #TX24
— Mark Bauer (@MarkBauer) January 22, 2020
Want to learn more? Attend a city council meeting to see your local government in action. By way of example since I was there tonight, Grapevine is every first and third Tuesday of the month. If you want to learn when your city council meetings are held, do a search for your city + city council. The website will have a meeting calendar and will publish an agenda they plan to cover prior to the meeting.
Let me know if you’d like to attend a meeting with me! Otherwise, I hope to see you there!