Westfield City Council member Scott Willis wants to give constituents in his district a chance to interact with him outside of council meetings, so he’s conducting a town-hall style meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Bridgewater Club, 3535 E. 161st St.
The event will be open to all residents of Westfield, but it will largely cover topics in District 1.
“I really thought about doing it toward the beginning of the year from Day 1 of being on council, but COVID put a stop to that,” Willis said. “I thought it was important to revisit that approach. I want to make sure I give constituents in my district a chance to interact with me and voice concerns or ask questions about what’s going on in the city.”
Willis said that since council meetings have been conducted online, it’s difficult for residents to communicate their thoughts about certain developments.
“Really, it’s been several months of closed-door conversations. Not on purpose, but I felt like it was a good time for me to meet with voters and tell them a bit about what’s going on, things that are going to impact them and future developments coming to the city,” Willis said.
Willis doesn’t have a set agenda for the evening, but he expects topics to include the city’s golf cart ordinance, the SEP corporate headquarters coming to Westfield, the Wheeler Landing development near Ind. 32 and construction, such as two proposed roundabouts at 161st Street and Union Street and 161st Street and Oak Road.
There will be a question-and-answer session. Registration isn’t required. There will be a cash bar available but no food. Face masks must be worn.
“I’m excited to kick this thing off,” Willis said. “My plan is to do this every quarter, but we’ll see how it goes. If no one shows up, we may not continue it long, but my goal is to do this every quarter and give people a chance to share their concerns.”