Hats off to Bluffton town manager Marc Orlando and Town Council for providing accessible meetings within the framework of a "public workshop environment."
These meetings have been encouraged for over a year by a concerned group of residents. The public expects access and transparency in all elected officials.
While appreciated, the allotted public comment period of 3 minutes without comment from council has people talking at them and not with them. This is readily apparent during emotionally charged issues where the conversation is one-sided. Understandably, council cannot engage in timely discussions on a variety of topics while trying to conduct town business.
This council has listened and has offered four public workshops this year. That allows the conversation among council, staff and the public to be relaxed, congenial and fruitful, with everyone working collectively to solve problems.
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To continue this process, council needs encouragement and support by your participation in a workshop.
This is your chance to have a say in issues regarding Bluffton. Your involvement can help protect the May River and Old Town, encourage sustainable but smart growth while preserving our history and providing quality jobs, and create a partnership with business. Most importantly, it will leave a better community for our children.
Join me in the next public workshop where together we can make a difference in the overall "quality of life" in Bluffton.