For the first time ever, residents were invited to speak during a new 30-minute public hearing session prior to Monday night's City Council meeting.
Making history as the first person to speak at a session was 85-year-old Ethel Chambers who shared her concerns about drivers speeding on Perkins Street. Six residents stood at the podium to address the council members in attendance. Their concerns ranged from small-business and zoning issues to unjust street closures.
Council President Marco Sommerville thought the exchange between residents and council members was positive. "We want to find the best way to hear the concerns of our citizens and get input from the community," said Sommerville.
Public speaking sessions will continue to be held on Monday nights at 6:30 p.m., 30 minutes prior to scheduled council meetings.