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Transportation is hot topic during mayor's public forum

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The mayor considered her second "Let's Talk!...with the Mayor" of the year a success. She was pleased with the turnout at Liberty Baptist Church.

"Overall a pleasant crowd; there were some people with some complaints, but no shouting matches so that was good," said Mayor Tomlinson.

Citizens were given a platform to voice their concern and raise awareness about issues that are going on in their community. It was Adrian Chester's fourth time attending the public forum with Mayor Tomlinson and he said it's an opportunity for the local government to build trust with their citizens.

"Being able to have transparency with your elected officials allows you to be able to express your concerns and also see the vision that the elected officials have for the city and how you can play a part in that," Chester said.

Transportation and traffic issues were the most discussed topic. There were several complaints about the traffic at the intersection of St. Mary's and Northstar Drive. Deputy City Manager David Arrington responded to complaints by saying there are plans to install a roundabout at that intersection

Other complaints include limited activities for handicap senior citizens, tractors parked on residential streets, job training programs, dangerous dead trees along St. Mary's road and funding for safe houses.

The mayor responded to complaints by either explaining a project or policy in place that addresses the complaint or saying she and the city would look into it. She believes they have the resources to take care of all the complaints.

"With budget limitations, there are some things we can't do, but based on the requests today I think we have the capacity to do or partner with in the community and resources available to us to provide them," said Mayor Tomlinson.

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