October 2-- Last week the City of Vidalia held a town hall meeting at St. Paul AME Church to get the input from the public about issues they may be having in the city. A large crowd was on hand and listened to each department head discuss their individual departments plus a question and answer session afterwards.
Vidalia City Manager Nick Overstreet shared his thoughts on the meeting. “The reason for the town hall meeting was to allow the public to come out and hear from our department heads, hear what they had to say and what they’re working on and educate them about the everyday happenings of the city. Secondly, it was to give them an opportunity to have a question and answer session with all of us and I think both of those goals were accomplished tonight,” said Overstreet.
Overstreet added, “I think tonight went very well and overall I think everyone was happy with what they were told about and informed and that’s half our battle. We want our citizens to be educated and know what’s going on in the city because he or she may see something and not know what’s going on and this provides us with an opportunity to do that. And yes, we’re going to continue this.”
Christian, a citizen of Vidalia thought the meeting went well. “It was very informative and was much needed. It was a chance for the citizens of Vidalia to come out and meet the people that they may not have known about and hear about the issues that are going on,” said Christian.
He had an issue that he brought to their attention also and was pleased with their response. “I spoke with both the department heads that the issue was regarding and I believe they will analyze it and make the changes that need to be made and to be more receptive to the problems in the community,” added Christian.