In an effort to openly discuss issues with citizens, Leander City Council will begin hosting quarterly roundtable discussions at its meetings.

At the second council meeting of the month in May, July and November, citizens and council members can have a roundtable discussion about city-related issues. The first discussion will be May 20.

Council Member Jason Shaw proposed the idea, and council unanimously approved the proposed discussions March 18.

“This is the ability for the citizens to have dialogue with their elected officials so it’s a two-way street,” Shaw said.

Topics would be listed in the agenda but discussions would not be limited to agenda items, City Attorney Paige Saenz said. Currently, public comments can be given at the start of council meetings, but council members cannot respond in a back-and-forth conversation with speakers.