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County to host ‘Coffee with a Commissioner’ in February

The Troup County Board of Commissioners will host several events at the beginning of February to give citizens a chance to speak with their commissioner in an informal setting.

The county is calling it “Coffee with a Commissioner,” and there will be a meeting in LaGrange, West Point and Hogansville.

According to a news release from the county, the meetings will provide residents the opportunity to interact with their district’s commissioner over coffee and conversation.

The LaGrange meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, at LaGrange Active Life, located at 140 Ragland Street.

The West Point meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at West Point Active Life, located at 1114 OG Skinner Drive.

Lastly, the Hogansville meeting will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Hogansville Active Life, located at 407 Church Street.

Troup County Chairman Patrick Crews said the meetings are in line with several steps the county has taken to communicate with residents about what is happening in county government.

He said the county has tried to be more transparent with changing the commission meeting times once a month to 5 p.m. so people who work during the day can attend.

Also, he said the county hired Rachel Camp to be the county’s citizen engagement specialist to manage the county’s social media.

“This is just a different method to make ourselves available to the citizens,” Crews said.

The first meeting will be in Commissioner Richard English’s district. The West Point meeting will be Lewis Davis’ district and the Hogansville meeting will be Ellis Cadenhead’s district.

Crews said the commissioner representing that district would be present. Additionally, he said he’d be at two of the meetings, and there will be staff members available as well for more specific questions.

“This is more of a fireside chat with a cup of coffee and to tell us what is on your mind,” he said. “It’s a very informal way for them to talk to us.”