The Journal Gazette
Friday, January 21, 2022 2:35 pm

Sitting through lengthy meetings a Scouting skill

DEVAN FILCHAK | The Journal Gazette

Some scout troops saw firsthand Tuesday that local government meetings last longer than expected sometimes.

Fort Wayne City Councilman Glynn Hines, D-at large, introduced the scouts of Troops 519 and 19, who were sitting in on the council meeting.

“We always try to recognize our young, up-and-coming leaders,” he said as the city camera operator panned to the scouts donning tan uniforms.

At quick glance, the agenda implied the meeting would be relatively short -- a presentation about ongoing issues with Red River Waste Solutions and six items up for discussion. But the end of the meeting wasn’t in sight at the 90-minute mark.

Councilwoman Sharon Tucker, D-6th, addressed the scouts about an hour and 40 minutes into the meeting.

“We were planning on a short meeting, and it’s looking to go a little bit longer, and I know it’s a school night,” she said. “We love that you’re here, but if you need to exit, it won’t hurt our feelings... I just didn’t want you to feel like you’re pressured to stay.”

The scouts silently remained in their seats. The meeting ended about a half-hour later around 7:40 p.m.

Hines thanked the scouts for “for showing up this evening and staying the whole time.” The council members cheered and applauded the scouts.

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