Have you ever wished you had the time and opportunity to meet with someone from the City or County to discuss a concern, offer a suggestion or idea, put a name with a face, or perhaps just to say hello? Well, you are in luck! The Mt Juliet Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome you to stop by sometime to do just that.
Each month, Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto and Mt Juliet City Manager Ken Martin have set aside time to make themselves available to meet with you to discuss whatever you have on your mind. No need to make an appointment; if it is obvious that your individual matter is going to require more time than is available, a more formal meeting can be arranged.
City Manager Martin will be at the Chamber office on the first Wednesday of each month from 8:00-9:30am and County Mayor Hutto is scheduled for the last Wednesday of each month from 8:30-10:00am. Their commitment to public service is obvious and this is just one more way to help them stay in touch with their constituencies. Those who have already taken advantage of this service have found it to be very beneficial.
Sometimes it is easy to take certain things for granted and it can often lead us to ask ourselves “isn’t it like this everywhere”? Well, I don’t really think so. There is no denying that as a city and as a county, we do have our challenges; costs are going up and our income is limited. New programs and services are wanted and they come at a cost. It’s probably a pretty tough time to be an elected official trying hard to balance all of that out. Not too many elected officials I have ever known have had all of the answers themselves and they all need input from those they serve. As a community we are fortunate to have leaders that are accessible, open-minded, and eager to serve.
As good citizens I believe we also have a responsibility to be an engaged electorate. We owe it to ourselves and our neighbors to be somewhat aware of what is happening around us, what the plans are for dealing with the issues I mentioned earlier, and plans for sharing our talents when we can. Taking advantage of the opportunity to communicate with those in a decision making position would seem to me to be one of the first steps. On these open meet-and-greet days, there is plenty of free parking and always a pot of fresh coffee. Add to that great fellowship and wonderful people and you have a recipe for just the right setting to nurture important relationships. I hope you will take me up on my invitation to stop by sometime and as always; I will see you right here next week!