I know much has been said about "public meetings" when referencing communication with the citizens. Public meetings are okay, but hardly ideal. After getting home from a hard day's work, meals for kids, aid in homework, read the paper, etc., etc., public meetings seem to take a back seat. I would like to see better communication in the form of electronic newsletters originating from the city. I think the Mayor/City Manager viewings could be a little less light hearted and more of the details of running the city and the current contemplations before city management. I think a city councilperson should be interviewed each edition. Ask some thought provoking questions.......some can come from citizens. Identify the citizen. Let's get everything out in the open. Don't use public meetings as an excuse. Rowlett is too big for town hall meetings. However, the information still has to get out.
And, as you all know, I think City Council should operate as an oversight committee, as well as deliberative body. Sometimes plans do not go as intended, or source data changes. Business leaders make quick and decisive decisions when change is warranted. Governments seem reluctant to admit a misfire. Hey, it happens.