With coffee in one hand and a cookie in the other, locals gathered Thursday at City Hall to voice their concerns.
The mayor, along with other Sioux City council members, were available with open ears at the monthly Coffee with Council. It's a relaxed informal setting, unlike your usual City Council meeting.
Council members say it's a way for people to share their thoughts and opinions without having to formally step up to the podium.
"People are intimidated by this," said Councilwoman Rhonda Capron. "So, we want to be accessible and have people be able to visit with us, and feel like we're on the same platform."
With two new faces on the City Council, Council members say they had a great turn out the with more than a dozen people in attendance. Some of them were people from outside the community looking to move in to town.
"I came to the informal coffee this morning because I know we have some new blood on the city Council, so I'm looking to talk to them about possibly lifting the pit bull ban in Sioux City, Iowa," said Brett Jester, who hopes to move to Sioux City sometime in the future and start a business. "So I just wanted to bend a few ears."
Coffee with Council is held on the second Thursday of every month. It's open to the public from 8:30 to 9:30 in the morning.
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