PIQUA —Mayor Kazy Hinds will be hosting a series of monthly walks during warm months in each of the different wards of the city to bring residents and city officials together to discuss issues and concerns for those residents.
“I wanted to have a type of meeting in different areas of town and that’s one of the things I talked about in my campaign,” Hinds said.
Hinds said that she has also been active in promoting physical fitness and exercise, so “Walks with the Mayor” incorporates exercise, getting outside, and meetings with residents on their home turf.
Hinds also got the idea to create “Walks with the Mayor” after she was handing out information in the Shawnee Neighborhood and residents there were speaking with her about different issues.
“Let’s get down there, let me bring the city workers that are in charge of the those issues,” Hinds said. “And the most issues that I had were stormwater, because there are some things that we’re doing in that area with stormwater and need to continue to look at, so Devon Alexander, the stormwater coordinator, is going to walk with us.
“And then also streets, because there are a lot of concerns about the paving of streets and different things like that,” Hinds said.
The first walk will be held on Monday, May 16, from 6-8 p.m. in the Shawnee Neighborhood. They will be meeting on the corner of East Main Street and Cleveland Street.
For this walk, 1st Ward City Commissioner John Martin, Stormwater Coordinator Devon Alexander, Public Works Director Doug Harter, and Assistant Public Works Director Brian Brookhart will be joining Hinds and residents on the walk to hear from the residents and see any of their specific concerns about their neighborhood in person.
“Let’s all get together and walk and talk and look at the community, look at part of the city, so we can talk about and see what it is that the citizens that live there have concerns about,” Hinds said. “I think it’s much better to do it that way versus sitting inside of a building.”
Hinds said that she has heard from residents in the city about road and alley issues, saying that the city is addressing those now that the weather is warming up, but “Walks with the Mayor” gives residents another way of pointing out their specific concerns to the mayor and the city.
“As a citizen, I might be walking and say, ‘Look, this is a problem and can you see how this is a problem?’” Hinds said. “And it makes it, again, we can listen to the citizen’s concerns, we can get a visual of what those concerns are versus sitting in buildings and never getting out and doing that.”
Hinds added that it was a way to bring the people who need to hear those concerns out to see them.
Hinds is planning to hold similar “Walks with the Mayor” in the other wards of the city in the coming months.
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