10/04/05 — City Council sets next neighborhood meeting

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City Council sets next neighborhood meeting

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on October 4, 2005 1:49 PM

Residents who have something to say to the Goldsboro City Council and other city officials will get their chance in two weeks.

The City Council has announced the date and location of its next neighborhood meeting. It will be held in the Maplewood subdivision at 6 p.m. on Oct. 27.

Much like the first meeting, which was held last month on South Kornegay Street, the gathering will give residents a chance to air their concerns before representatives of the City Council, along with the managers of various city departments.

City officials will explain the workings of the departments in addition to listening to residents' concerns.

Refreshments also will be provided.

The goal of the meeting is to give the neighborhood and city officials a chance to hold an open dialogue, Mayor Al King said.

City Manager Joe Huffman speculated that random gunshots, noise and water quality will be among the problems addressed by residents in the Maplewood neighborhood.

At the last meeting, "break-out sessions" followed the opening comments by neighbors, in which residents could meet face-to-face with the officials in charge of helping solve their particular problems.

Mayor King said he and the council members are committed to making these neighborhood meetings a success. At the end of the Kornegay Street meeting, King told neighbors that talk needed to be followed up by action.

"We're ready to get to work," he said. "And we will do our best to show that our primary goal is to improve the quality of life in Goldsboro."