IMAGE: The Takoma Park Recreation Center in 2014 Photo by Chris Melville.
GRANOLAPARK • BY GILBERT
There was no city council meeting this week, a reward the council gave themselves for enduring two meetings a week through the April city budget season.
Next week, something special.
The meeting will be in a DIFFERENT PLACE!! Instead of the overheated-yet-drafty city council chambers, the venue will be the city Recreation Center on New Hampshire Avenue. There will be FREE FOOD! Light refreshments will be served at the meet-and-greet with the mayor and city council from 7 to 7:30 p.m.
The city council in their more usual surroundings last February. Photo by Bill Brown.
The excursion to another venue is part of the mayor’s campaign promise last fall of holding city council meetings in different parts of the city. She also said she’d hold them at different times and days – weekends were mentioned.
Slight problem. Regular city council meetings are live-streamed and the recordings are available online almost immediately after each meeting. The council auditorium is set up as a tv studio. There are mics at the dais and cameras installed on the walls and ceilings. There is a control board and desk at the back of the room. So, it is not just a matter of meeting in another place, they also have to set up a remote tv studio and live internet streaming.
The Takoma Park Recreation Center on New Hampshire Avenue was a polling station in last month’s Maryland presidential primary. Photo by Bill Brown.
They say they have done that at the Rec Center. If the cable tv staff can meet this challenge, maybe the next outing will be at a bar!
Despite the free food, the chance to meet council members and what will probably be a lively citizen comment session, the rest of the June 1 agenda seems calculated to make citizens feel sorry for the city council.
The Takoma Park Recreation Center gym in 2014 Photo by Chris Melville.
Residents will first be treated to a vote to eliminate the Area B Permit Parking Program. The outmoded and now useless B Permit is so obscure that it is not worth explaining.
Next will be a discussion of legislative priorities and state legislation to be proposed to the Maryland Municipal League. Just one thrill-ride after another!
Then the council will discuss what an affordable housing policy might look like. This will be – relatively – more interesting.
The audience, if there’s one left by then, will wish for more affordable housing discussion as the council tackles the last item – proposed revisions to the community grants program.
So, remember Dear Readers, there will be free food and you don’t have to stick around after the citizen comments.
MEET AND GREET WITH THE CITY COUNCIL – 7:00 – 7:30 PM, Takoma Park Recreation Center. 7315 New Hampshire Avenue. Light refreshments will be served. City council meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
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