Tuesdays are for Sanmiguelenses
By Jesús Aguado
Every other Tuesday, directors from the local administration and members of the city council, including Mayor Ricardo Villarreal, will gather at the former city hall building to give solutions to concerns, petitions and, above all, to answer citizens’ questions.
On Tuesday, October 13, Ricardo Villarreal officially fulfilled one of the commitments he made while he was campaigning. He had said that he would reactivate the Martes Ciudadano (Citizens’ Tuesday), which had been forgotten for three years. On these alternate Tuesdays, citizens have open doors to directly voice their concerns with the directors or public servants who can solve their problems with the administration, and they do not even have to go all the way to the yellow building (the presidencia) on the road to Querétaro.
During his inauguration, Mayor Villarreal noted that on every other Tuesday, the program will go to the largest rural communities so people who cannot come downtown can have the opportunity to talk with the relevant members and have answers to their problems.
The next Citizens’ Tuesday in el Centro will be held at the former city hall building on Tuesday, October 27, from 9am. All Sanmiguelenses may attend the meeting at the building in front of the Jardín Principal. Appropriate people from the administration will give advice to those who do not know where or with whom to start their processes. Director of Citizens´ Attention, Rosario Licea Perales, commented that the answers, if they are not immediate, will be delivered to the requesters through a special electronic program now being developed. Through it, the requesters will also be able to check the status of their petitions.
Teri Kavanagh, Director of the Liaison Department with Nonprofit Organizations and Attention to the Foreign Community, said her office can provide some help to those who need assistance in English. She advised that this department is now operating in an office on Plaza Principal 4 (former city hall building).
At the end of the first Tuesday meeting, Licea Perales said that the administration had received 189 petitions, most of them having to do with Public Safety, Public Services, Urban Development, and Public Works.