Newark citizens turn out for meeting

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, June 30, 2018
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One by one the slips of green paper filled the wall in the Newark council chamber Thursday night as citizens voiced their opinions on projects they wanted the city to address.

NOTING CONCERNS – Cady Fleischer pins notes to the wall of issues voiced by citizens during Thursday’s town hall meeting in Newark. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

Parks and streets were the most frequently mentioned issues from the crowd during the hour and half meeting. Residents also asked questions and gave feedback on the gym at the municipal complex, ballparks, trash service, stop signs, code enforcement, law enforcement, internet, cell service and ordinances.

“We wanted to hear from the citizens what mattered most,” said mayor pro tem Mark Wondolowski. “We’ll prioritize our tasks based on what the community deems important. We want to be community oriented and show they have a say in what happens in the city.

“I was listening for specifics on the streets and parks, which we need to get down to.”

Councilman Eric Fleischer, who facilitated the meeting, added that the subjects broached in the town hall meeting will help the council as they begin budget preparations.

“It’s been an extremely productive session,” Fleischer told the crowd. “It’s great to get the feedback. We’ll take everything that’s been discussed and start to narrow down and prioritize ideas. We’ll talk as a council when we work on the budget and see what we can get accomplished.”

Revamping and adding equipment at Delora Doughty Park was a common theme. Members of the audience pointed out the use of the park on holidays and suggested adding a splash pad.

Darla Loggains-Wood brought several suggestions to the council, including addressing the unpaved Pettit Street.

“I’d like a little love on our street. It doesn’t have to be high-dollar love, just a little love,” Loggains-Wood said during the meeting.

After the meeting, Loggains-Wood was encouraged about the input from the community. She said she is considering running for the council.

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