Ask a city council member… They can’t hear you if you don’t ask them.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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Ask a city council member… They can’t hear you if you don’t ask them.

I can’t tell you how many people I have talked to in Miller about questions that they have for the city council. I ask them, “Do you go to the city meetings?” Or, “Have you asked your council member?”  I usually get, “No, I don’t know when the meetings are, I don’t want to be in the paper, I don’t want to bother them,” or some other excuse. The truth is, the City of Miller does an excellent job of staying transparent with Miller residents. They hold two monthly meetings every month that are open to the public, the meeting minutes are posted in the Miller Press, and they hold special meetings during the year. On the other hand, Miller residents don’t always do an excellent job of attending city meetings, asking questions, or getting involved. At the last city council meeting, one resident came with concerns. A lot of city meetings, no one comes. My question to everyone, if you have all these questions, why not address? They can’t hear you if you don’t ask them.

Now is your chance. Do you have questions about the city surcharges, ordinances, or other issues? Join some of the Miller City Council members on Wednesday, January 15th at 7:00 pm at the Miller Community Center meeting room for an open forum. No formal meeting. No agenda. No need to sign up ahead of time. No quotes in the paper. Just come and learn more about the city issues that affect you every day. Ask the questions you talk about with your friends at coffee or the rumors that you are hearing. Mike Hammrich, with S& S Rental from Ipswich will also be there to explain the process Ipswich went thru with surcharges.

Can’t make the meeting on Wednesday? Stop by the City of Miller booth at the Farm and Home Show on Friday, January 17th or Saturday, January 18th. They will be happy to visit with you and answer any questions you might have.  

If you google citizen responsibilities you will find these: Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws. Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others. Participate in your local community. Serve on a jury when called upon. We have a responsibility as citizens of Miller to participate in our local community. The more openness and honesty we facilitate in our community, the faster we will be able to work together to achieve a common end goal.

I hope to see you there.

Category: From the Desk of Kecia Beranek