Local leaders meet for coffee and conversation

It's an informal meeting with residents and elected official.

Posted: Sep 20, 2018 7:49 PM
Updated: Sep 21, 2018 12:13 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- It’s an informal idea started by Rochester council member Michael Wojcik and Olmsted County Commissioner Sheila Kiscaden six years ago.

“We don’t really have a way that all three units of government get together on any regular basis and we don’t have a way to hear from the citizens at the same time,” said County Commissioner Kiscaden.

To fix that problem, local leaders are encouraged to bring their concerns to the table. During the first and third Thursday of every month, a Rochester city council member, an Olmsted County Commissioner and a Rochester school board member meet up to hear from the community.

Residents like Raymond Schmitz get to sit in, sip coffee and really get an understanding about issues going on in the area.

“Have the opportunity from them to hear and listen to their answers,”Shmitz said.

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