City council meetings are a great place to involve yourself in the local political process. It can be a forum for the exchange of ideas and a place where anyone with an idea to improve their city can be heard.
It's also a place where a person can ramble on and on, expressing every idea they've ever had about local business, farming, and statewide industry...whether they've researched or not.
You should hear her take on space tourism. Fascinating. Lots of fresh produce.