Chats With Council
City Council is piloting a new engagement opportunity, called Chats with Council, in 2018. They will host nine events in different parts of the city, in different types of venues, at a variety of dates and times, inviting community members to drop in, ask questions and share what's on their mind.
To give community members who do not typically participate in more formal council settings a convenient, drop-in opportunity to engage with their elected officials. The chats are designed to promote short, two-way conversations about issues that matter most to residents and others in the city. The idea originated from council members, who are often as frustrated as community members by the lack of time to have meaningful conversations during open comment or public hearings.
What to Expect:
These are intended to be informal and structured in a way that allows for more two-way conversation than at regular council meetings. There will be two to three council members at each session, with no formal agenda or presentation. Community members are welcome to come by anytime during the session and stay for as long -- or as short -- as they wish.
If everyone in the room wants to discuss one topic, the conversations can be more in-depth. If there are a variety of topics participants wish to discuss, it will be important to make space for those, probably by limiting the amount of time council members can spend on any particular one. If there is a large crowd, the city will ask community members to rotate through to allow for maximum participation. Council members could also decide to break into smaller groups if crowd size is an issue.
If a group wishes to utilize these chats as an opportunity to share a collective perspective, the city asks they designate one or two members to attend, with a promise to report back to the larger group.
Coffee, tea or lemonade will be provided.
- Thursday, Feb. 22 @ 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (50 people max capacity)
Meadows Branch Library – Meeting Room, 4800 Baseline Road
Council Members Jill Grano and Bob Yates
- Saturday, April 7, 2018 @ 10 a.m. to noon (50 people max)
Elks' Lodge, 3975 28th St.
Council Members Sam Weaver and Jill Grano
- Monday, April 30, 2018 @ 4 to 6 p.m. (40 people max)
East Boulder Community Center (just before and a little into the start of the What’s Up Boulder event), 5660 Sioux Drive
Mayor Suzanne Jones and Council Member Mary Young
- Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @ 10 a.m. to noon (50 people max)
Google, 2930 Pearl St.
Council Members Cindy Carlisle, Lisa Morzel and Sam Weaver
Additional dates and locations will be listed here as they become available.
The city would love to hear from participants about how this experiment is going. Please send any feedback to Engagement Manager Sarah Huntley at [email protected]