Tell it to the mayor

Youngstown Mayor John McNally said he is ready for just about anything as he opens his door Tuesday evening to welcome comments from the community.

The first of the monthly sessions called “Five Minutes with the Mayor” is scheduled for Tuesday at 5 p.m. inside McNally’s office on the first floor of City Hall.

McNally said he will hear from anyone who shows up, signs in, and wants to talk with him. Each person will be given exactly five minutes to speak with the mayor about any concern or comment they have about the city.

An assistant will be on hand with a timer to make sure no one exceeds the five minute limit. McNally said if you need longer than that, tonight is not the forum.

“It’s wide open. I suspect I’ll hear about many things. Many people may just want to say hello,” said McNally. “Just bring matters to my attention, we’ll take notes and if something needs a resolution, we will follow up. We’ll be forwarding some matters to the appropriate departments.”

McNally said he got the idea to hold the forums after reading an article in the New York Times about a mayor in Charleston S.C. that has been holding the sessions for years.

The meetings will be held every third Tuesday of the month.

Sessions with the mayor will be on a first come first served basis. Everyone will have to sign in when they get to City Hall.

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