Boise Council and Mayor Launch Series of Town Hall Meetings 

"I understand the importance of good communication with your elected officials."

Affordable Housing. Public Safety. Parking. Public Transportation. Recycling. A New Library. A Downtown Circulator. A Downtown Sports Stadium. The list of hot topics at Boise City Hall is only growing longer, but Boise city officials will spend some more time away from their desks, inviting residents to a series of neighborhood town hall meetings.

The first will be held Wednesday, April 11, at Fire Station No. 4 at 8485 Ustick Road, from 7-9 p.m.

"In a survey that I sent out early in the year, many residents said that they'd like to hear from us through town halls, similar to how they hear from their legislators," said Council President Lauren McLean. "We want to hold them throughout the city to make it more convenient for citizens to attend."

City officials have set some town hall ground rules: Each citizen will be given three minutes, and the mayor and council will hear from as many citizens as time allows. In an official press release, the council insists, "As this is not a formal public hearing, participants are requested to avoid discussing items that are related to land use applications already submitted to the city."

Simply put, the listening tour welcomes citizens to weigh in on the growing debate over measured growth, particularly when it comes to housing developments, but the council won't comment on any particular project which is already in the pipeline and might require a council vote of approval.

"I'm excited to have these town hall meetings to hear directly from the citizens of Boise to learn what issues are on their mind[s] and the way that we can serve them better," said Council President Pro Tem Elaine Clegg. "As a former neighborhood leader, I understand the importance of good communication with your elected officials."

Future town hall meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, July 11, at the Collister branch of the Boise Library, and Wednesday, October 10, at the Hillcrest library branch.

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