• Based on your experience, how well do you think public participation is working in city planning and development?
  • Is there anything you would like to see the city/county do differently?
City Commission
Seat 1

Jack Porter

Currently effective engagement only works for well-organized and informed groups. For example, the efforts groups like ATN made on the glitch ordinance, and the Neighborhoods First initiative. There’s room for improvement in our public participation approach, it should be meaningful with citizens’ recommendations considered and taken seriously. Issues involving public participation should be explained in terms the community understands. We need to do a better job of communicating with the community.

There should be a direct link between citizen input and outcomes. Citizen input should be considered and included in decision making. We need more effective community engagement. Examples include my motion to make the Commission agenda packet more accessible, easier to navigate, and understand. I would like to see the City notify neighborhoods when there are issues on the Commission agenda that impact them.

Louis Dilbert

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Rudy Ferguson, Sr.

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Seat 2

Dot Inman-Johnson

It’s not working. When the Comp Plan was first being developed it was done with citizen engagement. We had committees of citizens developing and making recommendations on all elements of Plan focusing on what the community felt should be included. The Commission listened to citizens and considered their input. This is mostly eroded now with the current majority on the city commission.

I’d show the citizens I respect their input by returning to using committees to develop recommendations. The neighborhood plans for instance. The City acts like they are doing the neighborhoods a favor by using these funds for code enforcement, and infrastructure upgrades such as sidewalks and landscaping. These are services the City should already be providing as benefits from our tax dollars. We should be doing what needs to be done in underserved areas instead of letting grants control how and where the money is spent. The City should be more creative in finding funding to do projects the community wants done based on the relevant citizen committees’ recommendations.

Donna Nyak

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Curtis Richardson

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Bernard Stevens, Jr.

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County Commission
Group 1 – At Large

Carolyn Cummings

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David T Hawkins

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District 4

Brian Welch

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Isaac Montilla

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