While Moe’s office door is “always open,” he introduced My Time with the Mayor events to provide citizens an opportunity for a more in-depth conversation about their concerns as well as a place to voice them outside of a formal setting.
“People talk about traffic issues, if their garbage was missed or if there is some legislation we’re working on that has controversy,” Moe said. “Over the years, we have heard many different things.”
One time, a young man who was skate boarding in the area decided to come and ask why the city didn’t have a skate park, Moe said. It wasn’t long after that, a location was found and a skate park built.
“People have great ideas,” Moe said. “You have to listen to them and try to make them work.”
UM Capital Region Health officials provided updates on new programs being implemented, behavioral health, campus development and community outreach efforts at Laurel Regional Hospital at the March 11 City Council meeting.
On Monday, Judy Miller and Beth Varnau, both members of the Laurel 4th of July Celebration committee, came together to meet with Moe. Miller was concerned about cars not stopping at crosswalks, while Varnau was upset about parking issues in her neighborhood.
“I never noticed that they were here before,” Miller said, afterward. “It was very interesting. He seemed very interested in our concerns.”
The My Time with the Mayor events are held around the city throughout the year to reach more individuals, Moe said.
“We have all these different parks and areas to get together,” Moe said. “It makes sense to use what we have.”
While Moe is the main attraction during the My Time with the Mayor events, he is often joined by a few others. On Monday, Deputy Chief of Police Keven Gray was able to assist the mayor by sharing his knowledge of parking issues and explaining crosswalk safety.
“You have to step into the crosswalk for cars to stop, not stand on the sidewalk,” Gray said, though he assured Miller that he would keep an eye on the crosswalks.
Moe also goes out into the community at City Council in the Park events, which bring department heads, City Council members and the mayor together for an informal meeting. Held throughout the summer in the city’s public parks, the event is another opportunity for citizens to learn what is going on in the city and to ask questions.
“I do more talking to let people know what is happening,” Moe said. “The different departments are there so people can talk with them.”
“It’s all about different ways to communicate,” Moe said.
Meet the mayor
What: My Time with the Mayor schedule. All sessions are 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 12: Robert J. DiPietro Community Center, 7901 Cypress St.
Wednesday, Oct. 16: Parks Recreation Maintenance Facility, 7705 Old Sandy Spring Road
Monday, Dec. 9: Barkman-Kaiser Public Safety Complex, 811 5th St.
City Hall in the park
What: City Hall in the Park schedule. All sessions are 6:30-8 p.m.