BANGOR, Maine — City officials will host four community meetings this fall to answer questions from the public, identify community needs and share information about local government.

The meetings stem from attempts made by Councilor Pauline Civiello to form a new standing committee for the purpose of strengthening and empowering local neighborhoods.

The proposal was scaled back to four meetings after councilors expressed concern a new standing committee would be perceived as adding bureaucracy to the city’s government.

Civiello said she made the proposal because she felt neighborhoods were “put on the back burner” while the city pursued other projects.

“Things are not being maintained the way they should be,” she said.

According to City Manager Cathy Conlow, the meetings will give residents a chance to hear directly from city staff about city services. Representatives from all city departments will be on hand to address concerns and answer questions.

Residents are encouraged to submit questions in advance via the city’s website at

“It’s an awesome opportunity for us to listen to them — what’s concerning them and what should we be doing to address those problems,” Conlow said.

The meetings are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

— Sept. 10: William S. Cohen School (auditorium)

— Sept. 24: James F. Doughty School (auditorium)

— Oct. 8: Mary Snow School (gymnasium)

— Oct. 22: Downeast School (gymnasium)

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