PRINEVILLE, OR -- Because people are either too busy, or too intimidated to attend Prineville City Council meetings, the city is inviting residents to submit questions via social media. Bill Mintiens is Prineville's community relations contractor. He tells KBND News, “It really fulfills the goal of getting people involved and engaged in getting them to ask those questions that are sort of burning in the back of their minds but they’re not going to go to the council meetings, or the court meetings to ask them.”
He says Prineville and Crook County constituents can submit questions through Facebook or Twitter, then “We'll have the appropriate city official or staff person answer those questions. And it’s the first time we’ve done it with video and I think that was really enticing.” Those video answers are posted to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
A resident recently submitted a question about the Purple Heart signs in Prineville. In less than 24 hours, the video response
received more than 500 views. By the way, the Purple Heart designation is thanks to local vets who asked City Councilors for the declaration, in honor of injured veterans.