County Council to test out new public participation pilot at committee meeting next week
Since taking office in 2013, I have been working on various ways to improve public access and participation at the Pierce County Council along with Councilmember Connie Ladenburg. You may have followed the various changes to the Council website over the last few months and other changes that have greatly improved usability and transparency. Next week we will be testing out a new pilot program to see if adding a call-in feature during the public comment portions of Council meetings would be beneficial.
On Tuesday, April 19 at 9:30 a.m., the Pierce County Council’s Economic and Infrastructure Development Committee will discuss the Waterborne Transportation Study and proposed changes to the Anderson Island and Ketron Island ferry schedule. During this meeting, the Council will be testing out a new call-in system that will allow members of the public to comment by phone. This test will be limited to the first 20 callers, due to time constraints. If you are a ferry customer and are interested in participating in the test, I invite you to please register at http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/FormCenter/County-Council-19/CallIn-Pilot-Registration-456.
Comments on the proposed changes will also be accepted at the next Pierce County Ferry Committee meeting, which will run from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. May 12 at the Anderson Island Community Club, 11319 Yoman Road on Anderson Island.
As always, Council meetings are recorded and played live on PCTV and we welcome your comments on any proposal. Please visit us at www.piercecountywa.org/council to find out more ways to review legislation, contact the Council, watch archived meeting, read agendas and more.
Pierce County Council Chair, District 6