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We should all endeavor to get involved

Public involvement in the government of the city of Ennis has had its ups and downs in recent months, but we feel like there is a lot there for the public to learn about.
We’re not here, though, to chastise you as members of the public and the city’s residents. We just can’t say enough how important it is for our leaders to know we are there and paying attention. It’s important for their work to be both monitored and appreciated, just as it is important for each of us at our jobs to have input and feedback.

When the city’s commissioners are forced to operate in a vacuum, or city management’s decisions are made without generous outside input, we run the risk of a lopsided outcome. Not in a grand sense, either, but in small ways that end up not quite representing us to our city’s fullest potential. Preventing that requires us to take an active role.

On every agenda, there are standard practices and items that come up every year that may seem mundane to the outsider. But we as people who live here should understand what it is about those everyday items of business that makes them important enough to put on the agenda of the city.

We also need to be there to understand what’s happening on issues that matter to us, but stepping back further, issues that impact the city as a unit made up of individuals.

There are a number of issues facing the city in the coming months, from construction associated with the U.S. 287 bypass project to the Lake Bardwell funding flap that has brewed since June.

Get to those meetings. Get involved and see how your respective commissioner is representing your area and the city at large. If we don’t, we choose to ignore the larger world around us in favor of our little universe, and by doing so, we miss the beauty of the forest for the trees.

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