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(C) 2016 Luke T. Bush
PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY -- 8/23/16
Downtown Rising is a busy event, people milling about, talking, while a band plays tunes with amplified sound. And while it's a good event for socializing and buying from various vendors it's not the place I would hold a public forum. People have their minds attuned to fresh carrots, ice cream, hot dogs, and other items being offered.
But last Friday the city had its set-up under the big tent, images spreading across an array of free standing panels. This presentation detailed proposals for using the $10 million grant recently awarded to the city. The set-up was supposed to elicit comments from the public regarding the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. While I didn't hang around and witness all the activity it seemed most of the time volunteers were explaining concepts to passersby. I didn't see any note taking or voice recording of citizen input. I didn't see a table to write down comments.
Then again, if I wanted feedback from the public I would concentrate on accepting such observations via postal and email addresses. Even an old-fashioned telephone answering machine would be better. It's easier to comment in the quiet of your home where you can think.
But there will be another public outreach for taxpayers to comment on how to spend the $10 million grant. Another set-up will be available to passersby at the Battle of Plattsburgh. BOP is the annual celebration of the American victory over the British during a key naval battle on Lake Champlain during the War of 1812. It includes reenactments of the fighting on land and water.
So please feel free to comment while rifles and cannons are being fired. Bang, BOOM, bang!