HOT topic – Attend local meetings to keep informed

Our online survey this week asked the question “Do you attend the monthly city council or school board meetings in your city?”  The choices were: 

•No, I don’t know when/where they’re held.

•Yes, I like to know what goes on in my city and schools.

•No, I don’t vote.

•Yes, I attend meetings but I don’t really understand what happens.

The highest percentage was “No, I don’t know when/where they’re held.” It received 43 percent of the votes.

We recently added the schedule to our weekly issues. It can be found on page one in the upper left corner. It gives the schedule for that week’s or upcoming week’s meetings.

I realize that there are those who don’t always have the time or may have conflicting schedules to attend every meeting, but I would suggest you attend what you can. It really can be interesting and if more citizens/constituents are in attendance – there may be more accountability on the board and council members’ part.

This week at the Pleasanton City Council meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m. are several important items on the agenda.

There is the first public hearing for citizen comments on the proposed annexation of approximately 162 acres of land located generally north and west of Pulliam Drive and Crestline Drive and including Brian Drive.

Also on the agenda are two items pertaining to the hotel/motel occupancy tax grant funds (HOT). Councilmember Travis Hall is sponsoring both.

On the agenda is the discussion and action to award a Hotel Motel Tax Grant to the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce for the amount of $75,000 and the Pleasanton Young Farmers in the amount of $70,000.

Both of these events promote our cowboy heritage and with the cowboy statue in Pleasanton’s City Hall’s front yard, plus the moniker of “Birthplace of the Cowboy” just about everywhere, I’m hopeful that the council will approve the grant funds.

This is also on our website as this week’s question on our poll. 

Do you think the city should support public events and festivals by using the hotel-motel occupancy tax?

• Yes

• No

Please visit www.pleasantonexpress.com and vote each week in our online poll.

The way I see it, to be informed in your community, attending these meetings gives you first hand knowledge of what is happening.

And just in case you may have missed it – there is a complete list of the scheduled area meetings on page 8A.

 

 

 

 

 

SUE BROWN  is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at sbrown@pleasantonexpress.com or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.

 

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