GREENCASTLE -- More than 40 residents gathered at Deer Meadow Primary School Thursday night, as city councilor Mark Hammer hosted the Community Forward Second Ward Neighborhood Meeting.
"What we need to do is hear from you on what the issues are in your neighborhood," said Murray. "This is the beginning of a dialogue that's hopefully going to continue."
Hammer assured the crowd, though, that one tiresome issue would not be on the agenda.
"There's not going to be any mention of health care tonight," Hammer said to a round of laughter.
Leading up to the meeting, Hammer had gone door-to-door in the ward distributing surveys to citizens about their thoughts on the state of their neighborhood. A number of these had already been returned to city hall, but Thursday's meeting was another chance for the citizens' voices to be heard.
Problems discussed included street paving, sidewalk and pathway improvements, parking issues, street lights, lines of sight at intersections, additional police patrols and the connectedness of different neighborhoods.
With several citizens voicing their concerns about the air quality, the officials present said they would see what avenues could be pursued both locally and at the state level with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
More meetings of this nature should follow later in the year, hosted by councilors Jinsie Bingham in the Third Ward and T.J. Smith in the Fourth Ward.