In my term on Council, I’ve made myself available in a few different ways. Prior to the pandemic, I held regular coffee hours twice a month on Monday mornings at RoosRoast. You could often find me ‘crashing’ your other Ward 4 council member Elizabeth Nelson’s coffee hours on Sunday afternoons at RoosRoast, twice a month.
With the COVID-19 crisis, my coffee hours have now shifted to virtual meetings. If you would like to attend, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text me at 734-662-6083.
I receive a lot of emails from residents, asking me to forward questions or complaints to staff. Often, there is not an easy answer to the problems presented to me, but I do my best to get you a response from the City Staff who know best. When relevant, I visit locations to better understand what’s happening.
I am in ongoing contact with residents who have chronic, persistent issues in need of advocacy. It is my job to bring attention to these Ward 4 issues at City Hall. The new Lansdowne bridge is a visible example of a chronic, persistent issue that required ongoing advocacy at City Hall before we could get it done. I worked alongside residents to make that bridge happen.
Many local Ward 4 challenges — the issues neighbors notice over and over again — are already on the City’s agenda as future or planned improvement projects. Every project includes public engagement opportunities, meetings in which neighbors come together to weigh in on solutions. I’ve attended Ward 4 public engagement meetings for resident-requested traffic calming, stormwater management, road resurfacing and bike lanes, and traffic reconfigurations to accommodate garbage collection. I believe these meetings are crucially important to get feedback and perspective from residents.
I aim to understand local perspectives so I can be a better representative for your interests. In late 2018, an intersection at Scio Church and Seventh was reconfigured without significant neighborhood outreach. Neighbors brought many complaints to me, e.g. how the changes were hazardous and forced cyclists into traffic. I advocated for residents and requested public engagement meetings so that staff could hear concerns (and potential solutions) directly from the people who understood them best. That intersection was ultimately revised in mid-2019 to fix some of the problems identified by the neighborhood.
Some of these may seem like small issues, but they make a big difference to the residents who live near them. As your representative on City Council, they matter to me.