Community conversations kick-off in Jonesboro

By Lauren Payne - bio | email feedback

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) A successful set of ward meetings last year led Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin to start a new series of meetings this year. Feedback from residents is what Perrin says will help them repeat the success of last years meetings.

"I've been planning since last month to show up here--I sure have," said resident, Tina McCasland.

Tina McCasland says growing concerns about safety in her neighborhood led her to Monday night's ward one community conversation in Jonesboro.

"It's good that the mayor's involved.   Maybe he can see where we're coming from," said McCasland.

"You've got to get out of this office and talk to the people and that's what we're going to do and get that feedback," said Jonesboro Mayor, Harold Perrin.

It's feedback Perrin says he needs in order to help identify problems, and ultimately solutions.

"We're making notes," said Perrin.

Perrin says a list of improvements were made after feedback from last year's ward meetings from street improvements to cleaning ditches to help ease flooding.

"We're going to listen and we're going to respond to their needs if there's any way possible fiscally, as far as money's concerned, or manpower we're going to do that," said Perrin.

Perrin says he needs  feedback from residents to know where to focus improvements.  He calls it a partnership between city leaders and those they serve.

"I think it's good that the mayor is in contact with the different wards to get their input," said Jonesboro resident, Stuart Davis.

For Tina McCasland, she went to the meeting with a clear goal.

"To let my voice be heard about where we live," said McCasland.

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