“These added evening hours are for people who might be working, or in school, or might be doing something else during the day,” legislative staff member Bill Drake said. “We're making another opportunity to give them access.”
The 6-7:30 p.m. constituent hours at Leon's Family Dining, 23830 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn will be held monthly, starting Feb. 11 through Dec. 9. Plans are now to hold a “very informal gathering” at a small table on the side, Drake said, where people can ask questions or bring up concerns. He indicated it will not be like meetings at the senior center (where people sign in, according to Drake, and have come to meetings to bring health-care legislation to Darany's attention, or to request cutting through red tape).
Drake admitted the staff is not yet sure if drinks like coffee or tea would be provided, or if Dearborn residents will be able to eat breakfast at Leon's while voicing their thoughts and concern, so “I guess we'll find out when we actually start.” However, depending on how the informal gatherings go, Drake believed that more formal meetings with guests and presentations on issues could be considered in the future.
“Our main focus is to be accessible and available to our constituents, and hear what people are facing,” Drake said.
The scheduled 6-7. p.m. Monday gatherings will take place at Leon's will be Feb. 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9 (times and dates subject to change). The representative will continue to meet Dearborn residents monthly throughout the year from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays at the Dearborn Senior Center at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.
Residents are encouraged to contact (517) 373-0847 or GeorgeTDarany@house.mi.gov with their questions and concerns. They can also sign up for Darany's e-newsletter at the website house.mi.gov/gdarany.