Joe's Viewpoint: Hattiesburg City Council citizens forum

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The subject of today's Viewpoint is the citizen forum at the Hattiesburg City Council meetings, or should I say the lack of a citizen forum. It has been over eight months since the forum which allows the citizens of Hattiesburg to have a voice in matters concerning the city and its operations was discontinued. We were all told last October that the forum would be suspended for a 90 day period to evaluate, restructure and determine a suitable plan for keeping order -while still allowing people to have a voice. But it seems that each time the subject gets on the agenda, it gets tabled for another meeting. I applaud Ward 2 Councilwoman Deborah Delgado for her diligent and unwavering stand that the forums should be reinstated. It seems far too easy from my view to get this done and bring public opinion back to council meetings.

This is today's viewpoint.