JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
GRANITE SHOALS — Aware that not everyone can attend regular meetings of the Granite Shoals City Council, and that it’s a rather formal setting, city leaders are hosting a more relaxed gathering to give residents a chance to learn what’s going on as well as share their ideas and concerns.
Mayor Carl Brugger, councilman Jim Davant, and councilwoman Anita Hisey will host Coffee with the Council from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Crazy Gals, 8037 RR 1431 East. The event will include free coffee and donuts.
Officials also will have an English-Spanish interpreter on hand.
The goal is to have a setting that encourages conversations instead of the more formal council meetings during which residents are asked to state their names, addresses, and why they are addressing the council. In that setting, unless the council has that person already on the agenda, council members aren’t allowed to address their concerns.
That won’t be the case on March 25, City Manager Ken Nickel said.
“Bring your questions and your opinions,” he said. “It’s something for the council to get out there and give people a chance to talk to them.”
Nickel said Davant asked Hisey to be the third council member to join him and Brugger. Other council members wanted to participate but were told no more than three could attend or it would be considered an official meeting that would need to be posted.
“We’ll rotate them around,” Nickel said. “We’ll see how this works. We’re trying different things to allow our residents to talk to our council. Not everyone can make a Tuesday meeting, so we’re hoping more people will be able to attend and feel comfortable coming.”