Pittsfield Township has something on its agenda that Saline City Council and Saline School Board should consider.
Check out item 15 and item 15.1.
Public Comment II Any person may come forward at this time to address the Board.
Anyone who wishes to speak is requested but not required to state his/her name and address for the record.
15.1 Board Response to Public Comment I
Too often, someone citizen will stand in front of council or the board -- a nerve wracking experience for some -- and deliver a short, passionate comment or complaint, and then be greeted with blank stares and forced smiles from their local elected representatives.
Now, from time to time, I've heard Mayor Brian Marl or Superintendent Scot Graden address those concerns. But it's a little random. And sometimes, when there is no reply, it feels a little like local government is ducking its constituency. I've spoken to more than one person who was irked after getting no reply from local government.
Local government should be responsive. Adopting the Pittsfield Township board's agenda item, and then taking the time to thoughtfully respond to those comments, would be a step in the right direction.