City of Douglas elected officials held a “Chat N Chew” listening session, on Thursday, September 26, 2019, with citizens. Mayor Pro Tem Gowen (Ward 4) and City Commissioner Cindy McNeill (Ward 5) hosted the session at the Coffee County Region Boys and Girls Club. Several community members of Douglas Ward 4 & Ward 5 attended the listening session.
Layla Powell, Rosalinda Lucus, and Chad Woesner were the winners of the “My Community” Art Contest that Commissioner McNeill and Mayor Pro Tem Gowen held prior to the meeting. After presenting awards to the art contest winners, Commissioner McNeill expressed her passion to create a Douglas that would encourage young adults who move away for college to return to our community and the need for volunteerism in the community. Mayor Pro Tem Gowen spoke about the need of officials to remain “teachable” and to encourage open interaction and communication with citizens. Both Mayor Paulk and Mayor Pro Tem Gowen want to see more family friendly activities and facilities in our community. City Manager, Charlie Davis, provided an update on the capital improvement building projects to attendees.
All officials in attendance encouraged citizens to become educated about the upcoming election and vote on the tax allocation district. Mayor Paulk shared with attendees how work-related and other commuters to Douglas increase the city population to approximately 35,000 during the week. This increase often leads Douglas to be compared to larger communities such as Valdosta and Tifton. City Commissioner Taylor encouraged citizens to continue to participate in the free community junk drop off days to help improve the appearance of neighborhoods.
Citizens in attendance expressed the need for a new police department facility, more parking downtown, police patrols in the evening and night, and how the city can improve the visual appearance of Douglas by reminding citizens to pull their trash carts to the proper location once emptied.
For more information, contact the City Manager’s Office at 912-389-3401.