Neighborhood groups form coalition in Jonesboro, discuss issues, future

Neighborhood groups form coalition in Jonesboro, discuss issues, future

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Several Jonesboro neighborhood associations are banding together to create a new group to bring more attention to issues facing residents.

The Jonesboro Neighborhood Coalition, according to a news release, includes the Briarwood, West End, and Scenic Hills Neighborhood Associations.

Officials from each group said Wednesday that the coalition will help create debate on issues and work to get things done.

“The Jonesboro Neighborhood Coalition is a collection of neighborhood groups and concerned citizens that will work together to increase citizen input and impact on matters that affect the city of Jonesboro, its citizens, its neighborhoods or its future,” said Andy Davis, president of the Briarwood Neighborhood Association. “The group first began meeting late last year to discuss how to better work together to lobby for community improvements. The formation of a neighborhood coalition was the result of those meetings.”

Jeff Ransone, who serves as vice chair for the West End Neighborhood Association, said the coalition’s goal is to educate residents on issues.

“A lot of cities have a similar group to help amplify any one neighborhood’s concerns or accomplishments," Ransome said. "We hope that we can work together to bring more attention to important community matters as they arise.”

Judy Casteel, president of the Scenic Hills Neighborhood Association, said the coalition wants to work with people.

“The group is open to expansion and encourages neighborhood groups, associations or property owners associations to reach out to the Jonesboro Neighborhood Coalition if they are interested in getting involved,” Casteel said. “We want this coalition to represent even more neighborhoods in Jonesboro. If we all work together, we can accomplish great things.”

On Thursday, Casteel said the group has seen some good things so far.

“We have a good rapport with city leaders and we not only want to continue that, we want to grow it and we want to bring in others. I’m all for the unity of this, it excites me,” Casteel said.

Officials announced the creation of the coalition during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

One of their first projects involves hosting a public forum involving the Team Jonesboro initiative.

The group has not taken a collective stance on the proposed sales tax going before voters on Sept. 10.

However, they said they wanted to create a platform where people can learn more and be confident about their vote.

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