City Council members in attendance included Phyllis Ferguson, Jan Fisk, Justin Burnett, Ken McClure, Craig Fishel and Mike Schilling. Numerous partners from community agencies listened in, including representatives from Ozarks Technical Community College and Missouri State University; Mercy; City Utilities and the Impacting Poverty Commission. Community Listen has a long list of partners committed to hearing citizen concerns.
Most of the City’s departments were on hand to answer questions, including Director of Building Development Services Chris Straw, Police Chief Paul Williams and Assistant Fire Chief Andy Woody.
Zone 1 Councilwoman Ferguson handed out T-shirts boasting “North Side Pride” and encouraged participants to take part in a “renaissance” of the City’s historic neighborhoods.
City Manager Greg Burris led the group through a series of somewhat sobering “intensity maps” that illustrated some of the challenges in the Woodland Heights neighborhood and the rest of the City’s Zone 1. Zone 1 is the northwest quadrant of the City.
The top five issues will be incorporated into a plan to address issues in Zone 1. Burris said he expects a plan to come forward after partner agencies meet with City officials in late June.