BLOOMINGTON — Mayor Tari Renner will seek public input at three town hall meetings in December on a variety of topics.
“While there will be no formal agenda, I will give a brief, high-level update from the mayor’s perspective on a range of recent and upcoming items of note, such as the city’s budget,” said the mayor in a news release.
“However, my primary goal is to hear from and engage with Bloomington constituents, whose ideas and feedback are so vital to the city’s operation," he added.
The meetings will be Dec. 5 at the YWCA McLean County; Dec. 12 at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts; and Dec. 20 at Miller Park Pavilion. Each meeting will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
"We take transparency seriously in Bloomington, having received a 100 percent transparency score from the Illinois Policy Institute, and I’m very proud of that,” Renner said. “However, as far as I’m concerned, we can always do even more to reach out to our residents and get them engaged.”
Renner already hosts an hourlong open house with residents on each Friday before City Council voting sessions, which are on the second and fourth Mondays.
But Renner changed the format, effective Oct. 6, saying he wanted to give residents more individual attention in addressing their issues. Instead of meeting as a group in the “fishbowl” conference room in front of the council chambers at City Hall, anyone wanting to meet with the mayor has to sign up for a five- or 10-minute individual appointment.