City Council Encourages Communications
There are many opportunities for Powder Springs citizens to reach their elected leaders.
Mayor Pat Vaughn and the Powder Springs City Council have been working on plans to help improve services and communication to the city's citizens. These exciting changes are the result of the close-working relationship between the city's government and its hardworking employees, whose prime concern is making Powder Springs an even better place to live.
Since February's planning retreat, the city has had to make some hard budgetary decisions. Like all families and governments, Powder Springs has had to tighten its belt to hold down expenses, maintain services and avoid a tax increase. But we've pulled together as a team and are stronger, leaner and in good condition.
As a result of goal setting and strategic planning, the city is working on updating our ordinances, establishing priorities for the future, creating a more efficient organization and improving communication with citizens.
Some of the new changes include city activities being announced in water bills, more frequent Town Hall meetings, more involvement with schools, and the "Breakfast with the Mayor and City Council" program that started this fall. The breakfast takes place at 9 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month at Bailey's Diner at 4093 Marietta St. The purpose of the breakfast is to hear and address citizens' ideas and concerns.
In addition, there have been many open informational hearings to inform the citizens and gather their opinions on important city decisions.
The City Council and mayor encourage citizens to participate in the many opportunities available to them and to give ideas, opinions and advice on how we can improve Powder Springs.
Council meetings, agenda meetings, committee meetings and special called meetings are all open to the public, and notices are posted at least 24 hours in advance of the meetings.
If citizens wish to express a point of view or give information to the council, they can call the city clerk to get on the agenda, or they may come to speak at the citizens' participation part of the City Council meetings.
The council and mayor also always welcome phone calls and letters that address concerns and suggestions for improving Powder Springs.
Councilwoman Cheryl Sarvis represents Ward 1 in Powder Springs. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.