PUBLISHED LETTER TO CONSTITUENTS FROM CITY COUNCILLORS
first Annual Public Forum will be held at City Hall Auditorium on May
9th from As its name
suggests, it is an opportunity for the citizens of
The format of the meeting:
This forum is not intended to provide answers or easy resolutions; it is intended for constituents to consult with each other and their councillors on their priorities and influence how these priorities are addressed in the budgetary process.
city councillors invite and encourage you to participate in this
forum. It is our hope that this
renewed form of democratic city government will be Newburyport's “first
Mayor Lavender's invitation urged the attendance of commissioners, committees and board members, expressing the the intention that ...
"Hearing the dialogue on topics which cross wards and cross committees’ lines will help the city boards and committees to work more collaboratively."
An Annual Public (“town meeting”) Forum in which Newburyport citizens can consult with councillors and make recommendations regarding local government during the budgeting process.
from minutes of the City Council ad hoc committee,
· discuss issues and gather information, not provide answers
· focus on citizens speaking and councilors listening
· allow everyone to hear what is important on a neighborhood level as well as city-wide
DESIGN OF THE MEETING
· welcome, purpose, etc.
· meeting agenda & flow
· ward designations & councillors (for those who may not know their ward or councilor's name)
· Sub-group meetings with each of 6 ward councillors;
· councillors-at-large each join a ward group;
· one recorder assigned to each group to capture key words & "moderate" as required
· 10 minutes: introductions, what is going well, what do we appreciate that has happened or is happening
· 30 minutes: wishes, concerns, issues
· time to reassemble in large group & position flipcharts at front of room
· each recorder presents "what's going well" and "issues" from their meeting, though not answers or any response about the citizens' comments (5 minutes each)
· observations & comments from large group [moderated by facilitator(s)]
· wrap up & closure