On Friday, Nov. 2, Woodward Mayor Todd Folkerts held an informal question and answer meeting between himself, several other council members, and members of the Woodward community. Folkerts began the meeting by informing all in attendance that this was going to be very informal and therefore does not have an agenda to it.
“At normal (monthly City Council) meetings you don’t have a lot of time to talk at length because we have an agenda to stick to so that’s what this is for,” Folkerts said. “We want to start holding these once per quarter to give you all (the community) the chance to talk about what’s going on in town.”
The first comment brought up by a community member was in regards to the road to the lagoon. Folkerts simply responded first by saying there won’t be one. He went on to explain that the council looked at it but Woodward took it back and since then the plan has been nixed and there will not be a road to the lagoon.
Another concern that was voiced was about saving money within the city in other creative ways than what is already being done. One attendee suggested a change to insurance to which Folkerts quickly clarified that that is not an option due to the already high rate of insurance.
“Right now we are basically trying to get through this lagoon process,” Folkerts informed the group. “Once we get that taken care of and once we get the mayor and council position sorted, the issue is kind of moot. Yes there are things we want to do about saving money. Once all that is settled the council will look ahead to things like that.”
It was also clarified that the special mayoral election will take place on Dec. 11.