Column: How's Ripon doing? Mayor Gary wants to know, every Wednesday at 4:30

MAYOR GARY WILL holds open the door at City Hall, where he invites folks to stop in and share their thoughts about the community with him. Ian Stepleton photo

A COUPLE WEEKS AGO, Mayor Gary Will was sitting in his office at City Hall for his weekly office hours.

In comes an individual with a problem.

He’d been called by someone promising a big cash award.

Sounds great, right? Alas, it was too good to be true. The caller was asking for $1,600 “for processing” the award.

This savvy resident knew better, but would everyone?

So he headed down to City Hall to let Mayor Gary know about it.

With Gary’s office hours set every Wednesday between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. — after City Hall technically closes — this individual wouldn’t normally have had someone there to help him.

But Gary was able to point him in the right direction.

“Even though City Hall was closed, I was there and I took him over to the Police Department,” Gary said. “He appreciated that ... He was able to get the public aware, and let them know what was going on.”

All in an afternoon’s work for Gary, who has been holding these weekly office hours since he took office about a year ago.

...Though Gary generally is accessible by cell phone, he knows that because he has a full-time day job, it isn’t always easy to find him in person.

“The purpose of [these meetings] is to give an opportunity to chat with their mayor every week,” he said. “It’s something that is nice for the residents ... I’ve made a commitment — rain, snow, sleet, hail, I’m there.”

Want to have a chance to chat with the mayor?

Stop down at City Hall any Wednesday between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Those unable to make it also may call Gary during that time at his office phone: 748-4907.

To read the entire column, see the April 21, 2011 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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