I put attending a neighborhood council meeting on my 101 in 1001 list because I’ve lived in the same young and vibrant community in Spokane for almost three years and have never gotten involved in the local scene. And, as a student of public administration who has attended crazy numbers of city council meetings (mostly for cities I don’t reside in), it’s just pathetic that I’ve never gone to one!
So tonight, I bundled myself up because of the snow, trekked over to the local museum, got myself a name tag and sat down in my first council meeting. It was a small group – less than 20 people – but an outspoken and friendly bunch. I learned that there’s a lot more going on in my neighborhood than I thought, and that there are tons of opportunities to get involved in just about anything I want to. I also learned that it’s really easy to speak up with an idea and get people to take it seriously in that type of forum.
And thus I may have planted the seed for a new farmer’s market in Spokane.
But we’ll see – it’ll be discussed next month after the voting members of the council have time to consider (you have to attend three meetings in six months before you’re eligible to vote).
Also, the future of the MAC was discussed. If you live in Spokane, you should know that the MAC is in danger of closing because of state budget cuts. It’s imperative that it be saved! Check out http://www.savethemac.org for more information about what you can do to help.
And if you don’t live in Spokane, find your local neighborhood- or city-council and attend a meeting. You might be surprised at how awesome it is!