An expanded series of opportunities for residents to get some face time with city council members will kick off on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Fedderson Community Center.

An expanded series of opportunities for residents to get some face time with city council members will kick off on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Fedderson Community Center.

The site at 3911 Dresden St. site was chosen because it was deemed convenient for residents and leaders of the Northland area and Clintonville.

The meetings, which last from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., are "designed to give residents a chance to discuss any subject matter they choose, in an informal, one-on-one meeting with city council members, their staff and key city department leaders," according last week's announcement from city council communications director John P. Ivanic.

Last year's schedule of five community sessions has been expanded to seven for 2012 with the addition of an eighth one a possibility, according to City Council President Andrew J. Ginther, who will handle the welcome and introductions for the gatherings.

"I think it's very important," Ginther said of the community meetings. "We have a great system of municipal governance, but one of the great keys to make the at-large system we have in place work is to make council accessible and responsive. I think it's an important part of making our system work.

"I'm a big believer in it, and as long as I'm council president we're going to keep doing it."

The rest of the announced schedule includes:

• Thursday, Feb. 23, Barack Community Center, 580 E. Woodrow Ave.

• Tuesday, March 13, Douglas Community Center, 1250 Windsor Ave.

• Tuesday, April 3, Barnett Community Center, 1184 Barnett Road.

• Tuesday, May 15, Westgate Community Center, 455 S. Westgate Ave.

• Tuesday, June 12, Martin Janis Senior Center, 600 E. 11th Ave.

• Tuesday, July 10, King Arts Complex, 867 Mount Vernon Ave.

"All meeting dates and times are subject to change," according to the announcement from Ivanic.

Although designed to serve different sections of the city, the sessions are open to anyone interested in attending.

These gatherings serve a purpose beyond letting council members hear directly what's on the minds of their constituents, according to Ginther.

"It's also so folks can put a face with a name or in some cases a name with a face," the council president said. "They need to be able to connect with our municipal leaders, but the real goal for me is to stay connected to the people we represent and to bring the power, the ability to solve problems that council might have and put that to work for the people we work for.

"Generally, folks who come to these meetings, who take time out of their schedule, who make sure to cook dinner early so they can be there, generally are coming wanting to solve problems," Ginther added. "We get our fair share of complaints. That's part of our job as officeholders, is to hear from folks who are not happy, but lots of these people want to be part of solving a problem, want to roll up their sleeves."

They realize, he said, that "city government isn't just going to wave a magic wand" and that they have a role to play, as well.

During last week's annual reorganization meeting, council members were chosen for committee assignments, with Ginther remaining in charge of rules and reference.

The other council members and their committees are:

• President Pro-Tempore A. Troy Miller, small and minor business development, technology and zoning.

• Hearcel F. Craig, administration and veterans affairs.

• Zachary M. Klein, development and parks and recreation.

• Michelle M. Mills, public safety and judiciary.

• Eileen Y. Paley, public service and transportation and public utilities.

• Priscilla R. Tyson, finance, health and human services and workforce development.