Wednesday, we had Council meetings scheduled from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. to whenever. The plan was an hour meal break before tackling a long agenda that could go late into the night. Like most everyone else, we have been practicing austerity; so we didn’t make arrangements to bring in dinner. Sadly for all concerned, the first meeting didn’t adjourn until 7:00 p.m., and there was no chance for anyone in attendance to eat.
Near the beginning of the second meeting, our Mayor made a brief comment that she was feeling a little disorganized because she and the Council hadn’t had a break in meetings or a chance to eat for some time. An hour or so later, a pizza delivery person showed up at the back of Council Chambers with a stack of pizzas which he handed to our Police and Fire Chiefs. I saw the pizzas arrive and, like any cynical city manager, assumed someone was playing a joke by ordering food for us with the expectation that we would pay for it. I went back to talk to the chiefs; and the actual story was that a citizen was watching the webcast of the meeting, heard the Mayor’s comment, and decided to order AND PAY for enough pizzas to feed about 15 people. Our Fire Chief spoke to the Good Samaritan after getting his phone number from the pizza delivery folks, and he said he just wanted to express his appreciation for the hard work of the Council.
We hear the usual complaints from citizens about the City, and sometimes we start to believe that no one appreciates the things we do. The passage of our recent levy request in a community where many people are feeling the effects of hard times and this small act of kindness are nice reminders that we work for people of many dispositions. The recent evidence here suggests the positives outweigh the negatives. I plan to be less cynical for awhile.