According to the Courier Gazette (click here for the article), Mayor Brian Loughmiller will be holding a Town Hall meeting in the Courtroom Theatre at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) this coming Tuesday, March 9th at 5:30 PM. He will be speaking about the current proposed changes to the Center’s strategic plan and taking questions from the audience. The article says that this will different from the public forums in that there will be full interaction between the Mayor and the audience. I guess in the public input forums there are no responses?
This Town Hall meeting is not one of the two public forums that were scheduled. One of the public input forums has already been held (back in February) and the second is scheduled for Thursday, March 18th at 5:30 at the MPAC. It is hosted by the McKinney Arts Commission which plays an advisory role to City Council. Apparently, these forums are primarily just a way for you to have your voice heard. If you are concerned about the proposed changes to MPAC and you would like to ask questions (and get answers), you will want to attend the town hall meeting on the 9th.
It is my understanding that no one is talking about closing down MPAC but reduced days are in the suggestions and that is what I am hearing the most buzz about. There have also been some comments about lack of attendance but there seems to be disagreement as to whether that could be remedied by different programs, more marketing, improvements to the facility itself or just more time. It may be a combination of all of the above, but the only way to hash this out is through the participation of all of the stakeholders, the most important of whom are us … the audience.
So jot the date down!
March 9th! 5:30PM
See you there!