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First Grand Island Mayoral Advisory Council meets Monday
It's been a never ending fiasco at City Hall in Grand Island. But, members of the community and the Mayor want to put a cap on it and they plan to start Monday night, at the first Mayoral Advisory Council meeting.
Communication was a key factor for the members News 5 spoke with. Members say they see Monday night as an opportunity for the city, county and community members move forward from the latest rash of city hall issues.
It's the first night that all 23 board members of the Mayor's appointed Advisory Council will meet.
"I think that Grand Island is in pretty much a crisis situation right now as far as the city council and the Mayor are concerned," said Yolanda Chavez-Nuncio.
Chavez-Nuncio is one of the board members and a community activist; she says it's time for the city to work as a team. And Monday night will be the beginning.
"I think there needs to be some improvement within communication between the mayor and the city council," said Chavez-Nuncio.
For the last year, city government in Grand Island has gained a lot of attention.
There was the lawsuit filed against the city because of the fire chief vacancy. Then the city administrator was asked to resign then to come back. Most recently, there was the recall effort against the Mayor. That ended Friday.
Now citizens chosen to serve on the advisory council want to wipe the slate clean.
"When things break down often that's what it is - a lack of communication that causes concerns or stirs things up, sort of speaking," said Hall County Board Chairman Pamela Lancaster said.
Lancaster sees an opportunity to discuss the importance of open and honest government.
"I think that it is vital, absolutely vital, that all government be open to the people, open to the public, let the public know what we're talking about, what we're struggling with, what we're working hard on together," said Lancaster.
Former Grand Island Mayor Ken Gnadt calls it like it is.
"The big thing in moving forward is to try and get past the problems that we've been having and what's caused it and again. The city administrator was one of the key things, how is that going to be handled from here forward and then once we get that handled we then work together," said Gnadt.
The group will meet every third Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at City Hall.
It should be an interesting discussion Monday night between the advisory board, the Mayor and citizens.
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