City Manager Troy Schulte will hold three telephone town hall meetings with residents to discuss Kansas City issues, beginning Tuesday night.
About 30,000 randomly selected households will automatically be called for the first meeting, scheduled to run from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. Those residents simply need to answer their phones to participate in discussions on such issues as public safety, healthy neighborhoods, and rising water and sewer rates.
Additional telephone town hall meetings will be from 7 to 7:45 p.m. on May 17 and June 21. Residents with just cellphones must opt in to participate and can do that for the May and June meetings. They can submit their phone numbers online to participate at www.kcmo.gov/townhall.
Residents with land lines who are not called Tuesday night but want to participate in a future meeting can also submit their phone numbers online. Residents can also listen to the discussion after the live meeting by going to the website.
This is a new type of constituent services tool and allows the city manager to reach many people at one time, said Amy Jordan Wooden, a communications consultant working with the city on the project. The service for the three telephone town halls will cost the city about $20,000, she said.