Meadows Place Council meetings – The place to be
By Karen Daniels
There is always a good turnout at the City of Meadows Place monthly council meetings. Since so many council meetings across the nation are streamed live, available on-line and on-tv, attendance has dropped. But watching it from your living room, taking advantage of technology, has some disadvantages – a sense of community can be one of them.
The City of Meadows Place is a small city – one square mile – and their budget doesn’t stretch far enough to televise their meetings, but this seems to be working to their advantage. Residents show up to the meetings and bonds are formed. During these meetings there is an “Audience Comments” segment. If you sign up, you can speak about any concerns or questions you have for three minutes. Most cities require that the topics be limited to what’s on the agenda, but not Meadows Place. Community members can speak freely.
During June’s council meeting, Robert Quarles, District Director to Congressman Pete Olson, signed up to speak. He talked about working for Congressman Olson and said that their “doors are always open.” Mr. Quarles suggested to Mayor Jessup that they bring their mobile office to the City of Meadows parking lot to make it easier for residents to reach out to Congressman Olson. The Mayor replied that their mobile office was welcome any time.
In other City news, Chief Gary Stewart reminded everyone that during the summer there can be an increase in home burglaries. If you have vacation plans, contact Meadows City Police Department at 281-983-2900, so that they may “house watch” your home while you are away, giving you added peace of mind. A form must be filled out and can be printed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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