Interest in local affairs may be waning as the presidential election looms, but if you are among the intrepid few who follow municipal government, please note these changes in meeting locations:
- Tonight (Oct. 5) the Zoning Board of Adjustment will meet at 7 p.m. in the Senior Center, 400 East Front Street, not in City Hall Library. The change of venue was announced weeks ago when a large crowd was anticipated to hear an application to locate a charter school on Central Avenue. The application has been withdrawn, but the change of venue remains. See tonight's ZBOA agenda here.
- Tuesday, Oct. 11: The regular City Council meeting will be held at Emerson Elementary School, 305 Emerson Ave., at 8 p.m. While it was not explained as such, I believe the decision to move the meeting from Municipal Court may have been based on Council President Cory Storch's proposal to hold meetings in each of the city's four wards to encourage neighborhood participation. The school is in the First Ward.
Tuesday, Nov. 1: A combination agenda-fixing session and regular meeting of the City Council will be held at Clinton Elementary School, 1302 West Fourth St. at 7 p.m. This meeting, now in the Fourth Ward, had previously been scheduled for Nov. 14 in Municipal Court as an accommodation to the annual League of Municipalities Conference, which most officials wish to attend. The League's theme this year is "Meeting the Challenges of Municipal Government." Please note this City Council meeting is the only one in November. The change will place it in advance of the Nov. 8 general election instead of afterwards.
The council schedule will wrap up with three meetings in December, an agenda-fixing session on Dec. 5, a regular meeting on Dec. 12 and an agenda-fixing session on Dec. 19 for the annual reorganization in January, which will include the swearing-in of council members elected in the Nov. 8 general election. Stay tuned for any further changes in venue.