Residents reach out to the mayor of Grand Island in the city's first meeting of its advisory council. Many members said it's time to get the pride back, leaving the "laughing stock" reputation behind.
The number of citizen members went from 23 to 24. The two dozen residents of Grand Island range from all aspects of the voting pool, including some who can't.
Two high school seniors are on the committee including parents of seniors, former mayors of Grand Island and leaders in the minority community. There's a range of opinions and agendas, but the goal seems to be clear cut across the board.
"I feel it's my responsibility to be here and do everything we can to re-achieve the very smooth relationships we used to have," said former Mayor Margaret Hornady.
On Monday night, members were asked to weigh in on LB840 funding that's up for vote in November and whether or not they think the city council did the right thing by voting no on the recent anti-discrimination amendment based on sexual orientation.
The advisory council is set to meet once a month, every third Monday at 7 p.m.