TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) -- Topeka City Councilwoman Elaine Schwartz kept a promise of reaching out to her District 7 constituents by holding a town meeting tonight.
About 20 people turned out for the session at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Wanamaker Road.
Schwartz asked their opinions on closing the city's deficit and spending priorities, then took questions from the audience.
Schwartz said tonight's turn-out was low just because it was the first meeting, but expects the attendance to rise as she continues to hold more meetings and events. She is planning on doing "Coffee and Commentaries" at local coffee shops. Those will depend on how well the town meetings go.
"My ultimate goal is to get citizen input for the council agendas so we know exactly what the citizens of Topeka want us to be doing at city council," Schwartz said. "I hope the other districts start doing something like this so we get more citizen input."
She p lans to put out a quarterly enewsletter. Her first one is on the city's website.