Town hall meetings give 2nd, 3rd & 6th Ward residents a chance to speak up

FLINT, Michigan — Flint's new city council is off to a running start. On November 18, residents from the 2nd and 3rd Wards of Flint came out to voice their concerns and suggestions at the town hall listening session held at Berston Field House. Some of the topics discussed were concerning blight, policing, and federal relief funds among others.

Newly elected Councilman Quincy Murphy and Councilwoman Ladel Lewis held one of many listening sessions scheduled throughout the city. "It is important for our residents to express their concerns and suggestions so we can represent them accurately during council meetings," said Murphy.

Although attendance was sparse, long-time Flint activist and resident Clara McClinton advised council members to "continue the good work and continue having these sessions. The community will catch on."

Michigan State Police Commander Yvonne Brantley and Lt. Jeffery Short were also on hand representing local law enforcement and serving pizza to residents.

Event sponsor and County Commissioner Bryant Nolden concluded the evening by thanking all participants and encouraging them to stay involved. "Berston's doors will always be open to support the community, said Nolden. "I look forward to the next one."

Councilwoman Tonya Burns was beyond satisfied with the 6th Ward's town hall meeting at Calvary United Methodist Church held on November 20. "There was a great dialogue and residents were able to get questions answered," stated Burns. "Many of the residents asked if I could make this a monthly meeting to put the entire ward on the same page."

Over 50 people gathered to hear from the councilwoman as well as Police Chief Terrance Green and the transportation and roads director, John Daly.

Contact the city council office at (810) 766-7418 to determine when the next meeting is taking place.

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