Yes. Do ask the council questions. They are best prepared to give you the best answer, and potentially, the answer you need. My introduction was simply to open the conversation.
I'm not a fan of keeping on doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome - I tend to agree that doing so is the perfect definition of a state of mind that's somewhat undesirable, to most folks at least.
Over the years I've asked the SIC a number of questions, and virtually without exception they have either take the patronising 'politicians' 'out' of responding with a 'I think the question you actually wanted to ask.....' type answer, or most often, just ignoring you until you go away.
Until and unless that changes, I'll be doing my thing, and they can be doing their's, and if they don't like it they can go spin on it, even if they have to do it as much for as long as they wear out their collective anal cavity.