I am a regular attendee of the twice-monthly Princeton City Council meetings. In fact, I have attended just about every meeting for the past five years. I’m interested in the issues facing our city and want to see how our elected officials address them. On most Monday nights, I am the only resident in the audience, but since the flooding this past spring, there are some new faces. These folks are attending because they want to know how the city will resolve the sewer problems. I am encouraged to see new people attend the council meetings. Their voices will make a difference on how our city council makes decisions.
In the past two years, the dialog and interaction between council members has increased dramatically. This is due in part to new commissioners elected in the last two years. The new members have sparked open discussions about a myriad of issues including sewers, the new water treatment plant, conditions of the city parks and much more. For years, public dialog and debate over issues voted on by the council rarely occurred. Resolutions were simply approved without discussion. Well, that’s all changed now.
It’s time for you to consider attending the council meetings. They are lively and informative. You will hear your elected officials express their opinions and see how your tax dollars are being spent. If you have something you want to add to the discussion, the “Public Comment” portion of the agenda allows citizens to address the council. All in all, it is democracy in action, and as citizens, we should all take part in governing our city. The meetings start at 7 p.m. on the first and third Monday of the month at City Hall. If you cannot attend, you can watch videos of past council meetings on the city website.