My travel schedule forced me to leave the Brainerd Planning Commission when my term ended a couple of years ago. I just couldn’t reliably attend the meetings and it wasn’t fair to anyone, especially since there was one applicant that was (or so I was told) timing their applications to ensure they would be heard when I wouldn’t be there. It wasn’t the right place for me to serve my community, so I left at the end of my term.
The pandemic, however, gave me a lot of free time and I found myself migrating back to two committees I thought I could help out on: the city’s charter commission and an ad-hoc parking committee. With my travel schedule picking up again, it’s unclear how long I can continue in these roles, but we’ve had some interesting and fruitful conversations on the parking committee that are worth sharing here.