District 3 councilman to host town hall Sept. 25

       City Council President Keith King, whose District 3 includes the older Westside, will hold a town hall at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St., Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m.
       He lists three topics going in - the 2014 budget, the homeless issue in connection with Bancroft Park and stormwater concerns.
       “I've received numerous e-mails and phone calls regarding those subjects,” King said. “I've also asked Welling Clark and the members of the Organization Of Westside Neighbors (OWN) to compile a list of concerns from citizens on the Westside that we will discuss at the town hall. It is very important to me that I address the questions and concerns of my constituents.”
       Individuals are also welcome to bring up their own questions.
       In response to King's request, Clark said that OWN board members produced the following discussion points:
  • Mayor Steve Bach's “City for Champions” idea.
  • The mayor has named three other areas of the city as economic priority zones. Why not the Westside?
  • The mayor is promoting downtown as the city's major tourism center. Why not the western tourism corridor of all West Colorado Avenue as it has a significantly higher tourism volume?
  • What are City Council's primary goals and objectives for this year?
  • Will council promote the Westside once the Colorado Avenue [No Man's Land project] is finished? Such as inviting new businesses into the area?
           Clark added, “While no one on the OWN board has asked about the Goodwill property [in Old Colorado City, previously considered for a Kum & Go], I am sure that will come up.”
           OWN is the city-recognized advocacy group for the older Westside.

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