The City of Missoula debuted a new communication opportunity at the Missoula Public Library from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. called “Wednesdays with the Mayor’.

City of Missoula Communications Director Ginny Merriam provided details to KGVO News.

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“We are starting tonight, our first event in a series of monthly civic conversations called ‘Wednesdays with the Mayor’,” said Merriam. “They will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month on the fourth floor of the Missoula Public Library. We are hoping for a casual atmosphere where people can just talk with the mayor and ask any questions about the city that they're curious about.”

Merriam said now that the mayor has been elected to his fifth term, he is looking for more casual, informal ways to meet the community.

“There are plenty of opportunities at the city for people to attend public meetings and they can attend city council, but we wanted to provide additional opportunity for people to just talk with the mayor in a casual, relaxed atmosphere.” She said.

Merriam said even though there will be a casual setting at the Missoula Public Library, there will be a moderator to take questions for the mayor.

“We will have a moderator for the conversation and some communication staff will also be there to take people's questions over the telephone if they would like the questions to be asked, and there is also an online component,” she said. “People can stream through the MCAT website that's Missoula Community Access Television. They can watch, they can phone in their questions or they can drop in in person. The phone number is 552-6002.”

Merriam said all the questions will be taken down, and in case the answer is not available that evening, every effort will be made to get the answer as soon as possible.

“If somebody calls in with a question or suggestion, we'll be writing them all down and asking for a callback phone number,” she said. “Much like we do on ‘City Talk’, our radio show on Newstalk KGVO. If there's a question we don't get to, or we're unable to answer at the time, we will get back to the questioner later the next day, we hope.”

Click here to access the MCAT website, and the call-in phone number for ‘Wednesday’s with the Mayor’ is 552-6002.

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