On the first Monday in February, Corry City Police Chief Rich Shopene updated city council on the status of the police department.
Speaking at a public work session following a business meeting, Shopene provided the five council members with a face-to-face account of ongoing issues and happenings within the department.
“It’s important to have these kinds of discussions,” Shopene said. “They get to know where we’re coming from, and we get to learn where they’re coming from. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”
Department heads and representatives from city boards, associations and organizations now are scheduled to address council during the work session that follows the first city council meeting of the month — usually held on the first Monday of the month — when there isn’t a holiday — at 7 p.m. in council chambers.
City Manager Joe Mangini believes the personal visits are an efficient way for council to hear first-hand what is going on the city.
“It’s a great idea,” Mangini said. “The first meeting of the month is a generally light one. This will give the department heads and representatives a chance to talk to all five council members and give council the chance to ask questions.”
One department or group will speak each month.
Today, following the 7 p.m. business meeting, Public Works Superintendent Terry Williams will address council.
“I thought this was an opportune time for public works because of the weather,” Mangini said.
These groups will address council at upcoming work sessions:
• April 6, Corry Golf Commission.
• May 4, Department of Fire Prevention/Control
• June 1, Office of Housing/Code Compliance and Enforcement.
Expected to be represented in the future are the Corry Airport Authority, the Mead Park Association, the Corry Community Center and others.
The public is invited to all work sessions. Still, Mangini said the visits are meant to provide information for council.
“This is a time for them to specifically speak to the mayor and council,” he said. “This is not a complaint session for the public.”