Up until the 1980s...nobody ever went to town or city council meetings because they were just too boring. Since the 1980s...because of various budget battles, project battles, property taxation discussions, and TV cable carrying the activity to everyone’s living room....all city council meetings in the US have a wide audience.
From the town where I grew up (400 residents in Alabama)...a couple of years ago, they had a battle over the auxillry police squad, which hadn’t been authorized by the town council but had been put into place by the town’s police chief. For three or four meetings...attendance suddenly went from six people...up to sixty people, and a local TV station sent over a truck to cover this stuff.
Tempers would flare and people would openly make threats against their neighbors. Even with a cop or two in the room....things were fairly tense.
Then the Council should follow Post #3
When wannabe gods and petty tyrants wish to intrude into every corner of the citizeny’s lives, yeah...things CAN get tense...and rightfully so. It’s not as if they were forcibly drafted to be Council members. These jobs are taken for the power they hold and as stepping stones to jobs with even MORE power to control the lives of others and for the lucre that stems from that power.
I for one, ABSOLUTELY want government to fear the people!