When Puyallup City Councilwoman Robin Farris was doorbelling in for her campaign in District 1 late last year, she really got to know the issues facing the downtown Puyallup neighborhood.
Issues facing residents living near River Road included concerns over people speeding through neighborhoods while car prowling and thefts concerned residents living closer to downtown Puyallup.
Now that Farris is settling into her role, she and Mayor John Hopkins decided to host the first District 1 meeting since she was elected.
“Traditionally, the Council will have two district meetings in a year,” Hopkins said. “District meetings are much more localized compared to City Council meetings, which focus on bigger policy issues.”
With the meetings being less informal that traditional Council meetings, Farris says it gives residents to ask questions and learn what the Council is currently working on.
“Any questions the council members don’t know (the answer to), city staff will be on hand to collect people’s contact information, and get back to them on any questions we can’t answer,” Farris said.
Farris, Hopkins and Councilor-at-large Dean Johnson will all attend the meeting.
“The district meetings allow us to be more responsive to our citizens,” Hopkins said.
The District 1 meeting is set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 14 at the Puyallup United Methodist Church, 1919 W. Pioneer.
“The district meeting is a way for us to let our citizens know what we’re doing,” Farris said. “We want them to know that we are listening. We can do something on some of these issues.”
A District 3 meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 9 at the South Hill Mall Community Room.
A District 2 meeting has yet to be scheduled as of press time.
Farris and Hopkins are asking residents to email their questions in advance to their meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org, rFarris@ci.puyallup.wa.us or dJohnson@ci.puyallup.wa.us.