by Dan Holland
Open Hours with Broadview Heights Mayor Sam Alai were reinstated June 21. The program had been suspended for a few years due to concerns brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Topics are wide-ranging,” Alai said. “Anything a resident wants to discuss or has concerns brings them to my door. Sometimes they are looking for advice on a topic, need guidance, or just want someone to listen to them. Many times, we can help them with a particular issue.”
Although turnout varies from week-to-week, with residents sometimes waiting in queue at times, summer sessions tend to be in less demand, said Alai.
“There is always something to gain when interacting with people,” Alai continued. “I have learned over the years to look at certain situations from a different point of view. Furthermore, I have the ability to explain how we operate as a governmental agency. The biggest thing I wanted from this was to have one-on-one conversations, because I believe in building relationships with people.”
Residents can show up most Wednesdays from 4:30-6 p.m. to discuss any topics or concerns regarding the city they may have. The program is conducted on a first-come, first-served basis, with no appointments being taken. Residents can call 440-526-3651 to confirm open hours on any given Wednesday. ∞