Citizens discuss concerns throughout city with mayor

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Folks in Columbus are voicing their concerns about issues impacting the city with Mayor Teresa Tomlinson at the 23rd “Let’s Talk with the Mayor” forum.  Citizens and city leaders packed the Frank B. Chester Recreation Center for “Let’s Talk with the Mayor”.

They talked about issues from Thaw the Freeze to neglected properties and development projects.  Andre Howell came to the forum to get answers about a few things.

“I wanted to hear more about the freeze and I definitely got a lot more information on that.  I wanted to have a chance to talk Parks and Rec about Carver Park,” he said.

Mayor Pro Tem Evelyn Turner Pugh says the questions about neighborhood upkeep stood out to her.

“People got a chance to express themselves whether it was concerning the property tax freeze question on the ballot.  Whether it was concerning the school question on the ballot or just about the neighborhoods in general,” she said.

Howell thinks it’s important for elected officials to see the people they represent.

“Sometimes they’re assembled and gathering and going over information they think is relevant until you go into the community and actually realize that the issues that you’re fighting with in council are not the issues that your constituents are really concerned about,” Howell said.

Public safety officials, including the Chief of Police, and other members from city departments were there to answer questions.

The next forum will be Thursday, December 15th and 6 p.m. It will be held at the Columbus Public Library on Macon Road.

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