A group of about 30 neighbors met this evening at the EDI with the intent of putting together a new civic organization for some portion of the area north of Broad Street. The first half of the meeting included small group discussions on concerns and desires, while the 2nd half was given over to a short debate among 5 of the 6 candidates for the City Council 7th District seat.
The groups presented their findings, all of which were written down. Common concerns included inclusivity, the vacant lots, and changing perceptions of the neighborhood. A group volunteered to talk through the notes and present suggestions to the larger group at the next meeting. The as-yet-not-officially-named-anything-group will meet again on Tuesday, October 27th at 7PM at EDI.
After the organizing piece, 5 of the 6 candidates for the City Council 7th District seat each gave a short introduction and took questions. Seated left to right were Cynthia Newbille, Robin Robinson, Deanna Lewis, Gary Powell, and Clarence Kenney. Ronald Bond was not present; it is my understanding that organizers were unable to locate contact information for Mr.Bond.
The first recording starts about 15 seconds into Cynthia Newbille’s introduction. The 2nd recording begins with a question from the audience. Yes, the volume is very low.