Tuscaloosa town hall meetings begin Thursday

Tuscaloosa town hall meetings begin Thursday

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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Addressing practical, neighborhood-specific issues and giving citizens face-to-face time with their mayor are the goals of a new town hall series in Tuscaloosa.  The Mayor's Night Out series begins Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Oakdale Elementary School.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox says many citizens are too busy with the obligations of every day life to seek out time to talk to their elected officials.  He hopes this will give citizens that opportunity, and also inform the City about issues affecting individual neighborhoods. 

"One of the ways we can do that is going out into districts and talking about issues specific to that geographical area," Maddox said.  "I find that often times, the reason that we're not solving problems is because we don't know about it."

Maddox says he expects people will want to talk about everyday, practical issues. 

"The nuts and bolts of city government.  Street paving, storm drainage, water, sewer, police protection.  The basics of city government is usually what you find at town hall meetings."

Below is the schedule for the meetings:

District 1: Thursday, Jan. 9 at Oakdale Elementary School
District 2: Thursday, Feb. 6 at Central Elementary School
District 3: Thursday, Feb. 27 at Verner Elementary School
District 4: Thursday, March 13 at Calvary Baptist Church Annex
District 5: Thursday, April 3 at Arcadia Elementary School
District 6: Thursday, April 17 at Woodland Forest Elementary School
District 7: Thursday, May 1 at Skyland Elementary School

Each meeting will begin with a meet-and-greet from 5:30 to 6 p.m.  At 6 p.m., Mayor Maddox will speak about what is happening in the city and focus on that specific district.  A question-and-answer session will be held from 6:20 to 7 p.m.

For more information on the town hall meetings, you can dial 311 in Tuscaloosa or call (205) 248-5311.

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