Conventional wisdom would seem to hold that the point of a public meeting is to gather input from the public on the issue at hand in order to make a more informed decision.
And that’s what should happen tonight at a meeting City Councilor Debbie O’Malley has planned from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to discuss a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Rio Grande and Candelaria.
O’Malley sent a letter to constituents Friday saying the meeting is so “everyone who was unable to get information, ask questions or express their opinions … can do so,” even though she also announced she won’t change her position supporting construction of the $1.5 million traffic-calming structure for which she obtained federal funding.
Granted, growing vocal opposition has come late in the game. This is the fifth public meeting on the project, and it’s understandable officials may believe they’ve already heard everything there is to be said on the topic and have little patience two years into the process for latecomers to the debate.