City leaders are hoping good conversation with residents will soon be brewing inside the Columbus Community Building.
The City of Columbus on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, will debut its "Morning Brew Community Chats" venture, an opportunity for residents to visit with elected officials and City staff in the third floor commons outside of City Hall within the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St., overlooking downtown Columbus.
The sessions will take place from 7 a.m.-8 a.m. on the second and fourth Friday of every month. All residents are invited to attend the free events.
"This is something new, but I think it's a good idea," said Councilman Ron Schilling, who represents the Third Ward. "I think it's a great way for the public that has questions to come and try to get them answered in an informal way. It gives the public the opportunity to talk with some of the council people and staff."
Each session will see four hosts made of a combination of the mayor, Columbus City Council members and City staff. On Jan. 12, City Administrator Tara Vasicek, Mayor Jim Bulkley, City Council President Rich Jablonski and City Councilman Charlie Bahr will serve as the hosts.
“Outreach and engagement are essential components to communicating effectively. We (the City) are constantly trying to better communicate with our citizens and Morning Brews Community Chats is just our newest attempt,” Mayor Bulkley said. “Many people can be intimidated speaking in front of a group, such as at a Council meeting. The format that we are setting up with the Morning Brews Community Chats is being laid out to minimize this and make for a comfortable environment.”
The mayor added he hopes people will attend the sessions when they can so they can engage City officials.
“Check out our Morning Brews. Remember, we cannot address your concerns if we do not know about your concerns,” Bulkley said. “Communication is a two-way process.”
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