by ANNE KUNKEL
I learned a lot during the city council meeting last Monday, and actually found it to be interesting. Honestly, I was worried it would be really boring, but surprisingly it wasn't. I did space out a little in the budget meeting, but mainly because I had no idea what was being said. Parts of it were interesting to listen to during the Public Works and Utilities Budget, especially since I now pay for my own utilities. I got a little sneak peek into what I was paying for and if my bills will go up next year or not. However other than that I was completely lost.
The actual city council meeting was the most interesting to me. I liked listening to the proposals for the city. I've never really paid attention to the progress going into the city, it seems like I, like many others, see only the problems and wonder if they will ever be fixed. I learned in the meeting that a lot of these problems I see around the city are in the workings to be fixed, and that's always a positive thing to hear.
During the meeting, I also heard a lot of issues I had no idea were issues for the city. For example: the salting of the roads affecting the trout in the rivers. I thought Linda Sellner had a good point, and it was good to hear city council members agreeing with her. It made me realize that people in the city actually do have a voice, and will be listened to by others. I've actually been thinking now that I can bring up an issue I have to the city council and see if anything can be done. I understand that it may not solve my problem, but you never know. The city council is much more open and willing to help than I originally thought it was.