Lending an Ear to the Public

I have to commend the Jane Lew Town Council and the town’s new mayor, Ruth Straley, on their first fiscal year meeting.
I attended their meeting on Monday, July 3, and I left with a very good impression. Aside from the oaths of office, among the council’s first orders of business was listening to its constituents.
The Jane Lew Town Hall had a full house on meeting night, with officials having to fetch chairs for latecomers. Not only were they very accommodating, but they seemed genuinely thrilled to see so many people attend their meeting.
Many residents were allowed the time, near the beginning of the meeting, to fully express their concerns. No time limit had to be imposed for the delegations. I have been to enough city councils and county commission meetings to know why time limits can be necessary—it only takes one bad apple. This was not the case in Jane Lew.
Additionally, many residents were offered answers at the meeting, where answers were available.
For those who could not receive immediate answers, agenda items were promised for the August meeting and council members agreed to research what could be done to address their concerns, showing their not only willing to listen, but to follow through.
Jane Lew Town Council showed its residents how willing the officials are to work with the public, lend an open ear, and answer any questions that could be answered.
Maybe its too soon to say, but it seems that Jane Lew has a bright future in store with its newest batch of leaders, and I’m excited to see what is to come.
Congratulations to all new and returning elected officials of Jane Lew, and keep up the good work.
Regarding the town’s fireworks ordinance, and the issue surrounding its enforcement, I certainly hope there is a solution that can work well for the town.
Small towns, especially, struggle with the revenue necessary to install and maintain its own police force and judge. I think this could be a positive step for Jane Lew, in terms of safety and the enforcement of much-needed ordinances, but financially speaking, it could also become a burden. Perhaps there is a grant they could seek to help make it a reality.

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