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Fayetteville: Ward Two Meetings Grinding to a Halt?

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Ward meetings in Fayetteville have proven in the last several years to a be a very popular way for citizens to meet with aldermen, and express their views and concerns. These meetings have been  held in a variety of locations. Many have long expressed their appreciation for such meetings, and several elected officials, both present and former, swear by them as a way of staying in touch with the public.

Several wards have shone on this, while some have, well, stunk. And the stink seems to be contagious, sad to say.

Breaking it down by ward:

Up to this point in time in 2008,  Ward One held three public meetings. In 2009 - two.

Ward Four holds a regularly scheduled monthly meeting on the last Monday of every month, except December - though I imagine some grouse about that meeting being missed.

Ward Three didn’t bother to gold any last year, and hasn’t held any this year. What’s wrong with you guys?

Despite the fact that Ward Three didn’t even go through the motions, it’s the fact that Ward  meetings have totally ground to a halt in Ward Two that has so many in that Ward upset.

Up to this point in 2008, Ward Two had held four ,meetings, and this year?

Zero.

Yeah, the stink is contagious.

Some say, “Oh, Kyle Cook is probably burned out,” but one particular alderman in Ward Two takes great pains  to portray himself as a sort of Great Communicator - as long as it is behind a keyboard, I suppose.   You can click on his site http://www.matthewpetty.org/ -  to “Five Ways We Can Work Together,” but actually being in a room with you know, constituents, isn’t there.

Once there, though, there is a fascinating little link to another section:

Ten Jobs You Can Hire Me For

Among the hoped for work  is “facilitation of panels, workshops, and conferences.”

Well, maybe the folks in Ward Two can pony up enough money to hire Matthew Petty for an evening, if they get frustrated enough.

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