Wichita City Council meetings usually start at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays when many people are at work. The change to 6 p.m. comes with the goal of making sure the public is there to talk about the new baseball stadium.
“We’re wanting to be as transparent as we can,” said council member Jeff Blubaugh.
During a special meeting Friday, Wichita City Council voted to move the Tuesday, March 19 meeting to 6 p.m. A request made by Blubaugh and Mayor Jeff Longwell.
Blubaugh admits the council has not done well on communicating the details of the new baseball stadium through this entire process.
“This is one way we thought that to make sure the public understands it better is going to an evening meeting,” said Blubaugh.
A time change that some belive is a good thing.
“I applaud the idea because it creates an open forum and gives people the opportunity to express their opinions, and it’s taxpayers money going towards this project,” said Victor Balderas of Wichita.
Blubaugh hopes Tuesday’s meeting will help clear up any confusion.
“There’s been a lot of people wanting to understand the facts on the 4 1/2 acres that are adjacent to the river bank, and we want to make sure the public understands just because there’s a lot of information that was out there that wasn’t clear,” said Blubaugh.
Blubaugh is hoping for a big turnout.
“And, hopefully everyone comes with their questions Tuesday, and even if we are here until midnight, at least the public will have a good understanding as to how we’re going forward,” said Blubaugh.