by Mayor Tammy

Every year we try to host at least one “Unplugged” Town Hall, when we ask our citizens to drive the agenda for the evening. I think it’s incredibly important to hear from you and discuss what is on your minds and hearts. I encourage you to join us on Wednesday, October 24, from 6:30pm – 8pm at Lakeview Golf Club. We’ll have a representative on hand from each department, so if you have parks, police, public works, community development, fire or even finance questions – we’ll be ready to discuss those with you. It’s a great time to connect with us and learn more information about your community. You can send your questions ahead of the event to Jodi St-Martin, jst-martin@meridiancity.org in my office.

One question we’ve already received is focused on LIME e-scooters. We have met with LIME representatives and have connected them with our road agencies to work through issues that arose when they first launched, per our agreement. Some people have inquired as to why we’ve asked LIME to pause operations until mid-March? That was really a date that made sense to all gathered in the room (local agencies and LIME), based on time and weather. Of course if our winter is mild and LIME has established a working system with our road agencies, public safety teams and the City, then the company could re-launch earlier. BIRD is another e-scooter company that we expect will launch in Meridian as well when LIME returns. We welcome more questions on this topic at the Town Hall.

We have also received questions on growth and development. It’s a hot topic in our community and we will be ready to discuss it with citizens. As you have heard me talk about before, we are in the midst of updating our City Comprehensive Plan. This is a guiding document for future growth and development in Meridian, and your voice is important. You can still post ideas to our “idea wall” at www.meridiancity.org/compplan.

There will also be representatives at the Town Hall who will be ready to provide information and answer questions if needed regarding two local ballot initiatives from the Ada County Highway District and the College of Western Idaho that Meridian voters will see at the polls on November 6.

So, whether you want to learn more about recycling, transportation, or a number of potential issues, I look forward to seeing you at the “Unplugged” Town Hall - where you tell us what topics to cover!

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