Granite Shoals will hold its first Coffee with the Council of 2023 from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at the community center, 1208 N. Phillips Ranch Road. Residents can sit down with officials and discuss city business, ideas, and concerns in an informal setting.
Councilors Samantha Ortis and Kevin Flack, Mayor Aaron Garcia, and Interim City Manager Peggy Smith will be at Sunday’s meeting. The council plans to hold quarterly Coffee with the Council events.
The informal setting should allow for more fluid discussion with council members and city officials than the restrictive parameters of a council meeting, which requires an agenda item and specific protocols to be in compliance with the Open Meetings Act. However, a quorum of council members may not be present at the coffees.
“People tend to get more out of it than they would at a council meeting,” Ortis told DailyTrib.com. “This is a great way for us to get good information.”
She went on to say that these casual conversations with residents give the council insight into what matters to different people across the city and allow for better decision making.