Lis­ten­ing ses­sion sched­uled for Jan. 29

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Keith Reynolds [email protected]­ingjour­nal. com @MJ_kreynolds on Twit­ter

The Ober­lin City Man­ager Rob Hil­lard will hold an­other of his quar­terly lis­ten­ing ses­sions on Jan. 29.

Hil­lard said this ses­sion’s topic will fo­cus on so­cial eq­uity and a big part of the ses­sion on fig­ur­ing out what that means to the com­mu­nity.

“It de­pends on the in­di­vid­ual,” he said. “But it’s ba­si­cally rais­ing the aware­ness of in­di­vid­u­als and the op­por­tu­ni­ties that they have, or don’t have, as they move through life.”

This will mark Hil­lard’s third lis­ten­ing ses­sion. The pre­vi­ous two fo­cused on neigh­bor­hood out­reach and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity.

A fourth ses­sion will take place in April and will fo­cus on com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment.

“City Coun­cil iden­ti­fied five sub­jects that we’re work­ing on specif­i­cally,” Hil­lard said. “We also in­clude city ser­vices as a key com­po­nent.”

Hil­lard said he’s learned a va­ri­ety of things about the com­mu­nity dur­ing these ses­sions, in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion about city ser­vices and how the com­mu­nity re­acts to var­ied top­ics. “We try to lis­ten and un­der­stand and as­sist city or­ga­ni­za­tions, read­dress how we ap­proach these sub­jects in our day-to-day ser­vice,” he said.

The lis­ten­ing ses­sions have av­er­aged about 50 peo­ple, Hil­lard said.

The city also en­cour­ages lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions to re­serve tables at the ses­sions to pro­mote their ser­vices and take part in the dis­cus­sion.

While the event still is a few days away, Hil­lard said the Hu­man Re­la­tions Com­mis­sion and Ober­lin young­sters al­ready have re­served tables.

The lis­ten­ing ses­sion is

Hil­lard said this ses­sion’s topic will fo­cus on so­cial eq­uity and a big part of the ses­sion on fig­ur­ing out what that means to the com­mu­nity.

free to the pub­lic and will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the Mount Zion Fel­low­ship Cen­ter, 81 Lo­cust St. in Ober­lin.

KEVIN MARTIN — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Ober­lin Po­lice Chief Ryan Warfield (left) and Ober­lin Fire Chief Robert Han­mer talk to a res­i­dent at a lis­ten­ing ses­sion on Aug. 16 hosted by Ober­lin City Man­ager Rob Hil­lard at Mount Zion Fel­low­ship Cen­ter.

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