Dubuque City Council members take part in 'cracker barrel' open discussion

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Three members of the Dubuque City Council hosted a discussion session Tuesday to understand what topics and issues concern people in Dubuque.

Councilmembers Luis Del Toro, Kate Larson, and Brett Shaw met at Jubeck New World Brewing in Dubuque to discuss topics and questions from the public. The topics ranged from battling the opioid crisis in the area, to the future of the Five Flags event center downtown.

Those in attendance wrote down questions for the panel that council members took more than an hour answer.

The council members said this was an important discussion to have because the council will soon hold its goal setting meeting.

"This is a great opportunity for us to be able to meet our constituents and be able to take questions from the public and just get that hands-on input," Del Toro said. "This is the first city council cracker barrel that's ever been held, so I think it's really important that we continue to get as much input as we can."

The Dubuque City Council plans to have their goal setting session August 13, taking the discussion on Tuesday into consideration as they plan the future of Dubuque.