“The public forum could be a little more broad, more ‘give and take’ time between the public and council,” he said. “I’m willing to sit down and figure out how to do that. (It might) seem more open and welcoming to those who want to come out and talk to us.”
Benson stressed council meetings are business meetings and they are not geared toward lengthy public presentations.
Sometimes the formula doesn’t work.
“We’ve tried to come back with answers,” Benson said. “And often it’s turned into arguments and not productive.”
Town Councilor Neil Wetherbee said the group needs time to find answers to the public’s questions and must be careful not to give information about a subject without the proper research.
“We answer some questions a little hastily,” he said. “That’s why we developed the practice of making sure our answers are solid.”