On Wednesday, the councils of the city and town of Lockport each took a step. One (the city) in the right direction. The other (the town) in the wrong.
Under attack from a very small group of people (okay, it was mainly me), the Lockport City Council decided to move its meeting times back an hour so honest, working folks (like yourselves) could attend. Although Alderman Pat Schrader said it wouldn’t mean anything and no one would care, 23 people attended the Common Council meeting last night. That’s about 17 more than normal. Those in attendance thanked the council for moving the time and explained that it’s easier for working folk with families to go and be a part of government.
Meanwhile, outside city limits, the Lockport Town Council held a 2 p.m. meeting – a public forum no less – to discuss (and then vote on) a public referendum asking for a four-year term for the supervisors position. Not only is the four year term unneccesary, the time of the meeting is unreasonable. Who the heck (not the word I wanted, but you get the gist) can go to a meeting at 2 p.m.?
Moral of the story, the city get’s it – even if begrudgingly. The town is still out to lunch. Which would be much more appropriate at 2 p.m. than a public forum would be.