Mayor Ann Bradshaw told The Brazil Times Thursday she is in the process of setting up special meetings for residents of each city ward to attend and express their feelings.
"It will be a time for those living in each specific area to come, meet the council members who represent them and ask any questions or present concerns," she said. "I know it can be tough for residents to make it to regular council meetings and I felt this would be a more personalized way for residents to become involved."
The first of these meetings will take place Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers of City Hall. This meeting will be for residents of Ward 1, represented on the Common Council of the City of Brazil by Brad Deal. Bradshaw and at-large council member Pat Heffner will also be in attendance. The boundaries for Ward 1 are Hendrix Street (north), United States 40 (south), Murphy Avenue (east) and State Road 59 (west).
Bradshaw told The Brazil Times the individual meetings may be a prelude to a future state of the city address she is currently planning, but has not yet set a date for.
"My open door policy has been successful, but I know people may also not be able to make it to city hall during normal business hours," Bradshaw said. "Meetings with council members of the other wards have not been set up at this point as we are trying to correlate schedules to find the best time to have them."
Bradshaw added all residents have two representatives on the council with Heffner as the at-large member. Sam Glover represents Ward 2, while Steve Lamb and Bill Lovett represent Wards 3 and 4, respectively.
For more information about the special meetings, call 443-2221.