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Cities across Western Massachusetts are engaging in discussion around the FY21 Budget. Northampton, Westfield, and Greenfield are some neighboring cities that have engaged in live public comment/ listening sessions at their City Council meetings, via teleconference (Zoom, Meet, Webex etc). Our City Council has NOT allowed for such public comment, unless it's submitted prior to the meeting via email and are simply attached to the minutes (not actually brought up in the meeting).
This does not allow for the community as a whole to voice their comments or concerns and when asked when public comment will be available, there has been no concrete answer. So many other cities have been able to engage the community for input, why hasn't Chicopee?
Access to our government is vital to a health democracy, especially in these momentous times.
Written By: Maria Lopez, FLP Spanish Conversation Mentor and Social Media Consultant
Edited By: Shatoyia Jones, FLP Personal and Professional Development Mentor
During this uncertain time in quarantine, some of us might think this is the perfect time for unlimited hours of Netflix, virtual happy hours and just chilling. I have always believed times like these are a time to re-invent ourselves, to think outside the box and do things we have always wanted to do.
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