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LaGrange mayor to hold town hall meetings

Staff report

LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton speaks at a town hall meeting at the Troup County Baptist Association on Jan. 29, 2015.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/01/web1_TownHall.jpgLaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton speaks at a town hall meeting at the Troup County Baptist Association on Jan. 29, 2015.

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LaGRANGE — Mayor Jim Thornton is slated to host a series of town hall meetings at various locations throughout the city in the coming weeks.

This is the second set of listening sessions the mayor has held since taking office, and he invites the public to come to the meetings and share their thoughts on the state of the city and suggest improvements.

“The purpose of these meetings is to hear from residents on issues of concern, to update residents on projects and priorities for the city and to gather citizen input and suggestions for those priorities,” he said in a statement.

City council members and city staff also are expected to attend.

The locations of the four meetings have been strategically scheduled to ensure all areas of the city will have the opportunity to have a neighborhood meeting, Thornton said.

All meetings are at 6 p.m. Dates and locations are:

• Jan. 28 at Confidence Missionary Baptist Church, 705 Colquitt St.

• Feb. 2 at Hollis Hand Elementary School, 641 Country Club Road.

• Feb. 4 at the Troup County Baptist Association building, 1301 Washington St.

• Feb. 11 at Dunson United Methodist Church, 11 N. Barnard Ave.

The mayor said the last set of town hall meetings he held provided “good feedback to the city.”

“Last year, some of the suggestions were that we should add curbside recycling, expand our parks and green space, recruit more retail and restaurants, and promote the Hamilton Road widening project,” Thornton said.

“Those suggestions, among others, became priorities for the city, and many of those have now come to fruition.”

Thornton added that he hopes to receive additional suggestions that can be implemented in the coming year.

“The city council members and I know that we don’t have all the answers, so we encourage residents to make suggestions to us. Just like that year, when good ideas are offered, we work hard to implement them.”

For more information, contact City Manager Tom Hall at 706-883-2010 or email thall@lagrangega.org.

Reach the LaGrange Daily News at 706-884-7311.