At the next two meetings of the Collegedale City Commission, your commissioners will cast votes that will set the stage for future development in Collegedale. I strongly encourage all interested residents to be present for the Oct. 3 and Oct. 17 meetings, where commissioners will hear the first and second readings of the ordinance regarding rezoning of property along Edgmon Road.
While there will be a required public hearing on Oct. 17 if the commissioners vote to pass the first reading, residents have the opportunity to speak during the public comments portion of the meetings on both dates. Often, the Commission strongly encourages citizens to only speak during the advertised public hearing, but citizens do have the opportunity to speak and ask questions during the public comments portion of every meeting.
As a candidate seeking your trust and your vote on Nov. 8, I will be at both meetings to sit next to you. Because of the importance of these votes, I will be unable to participate in the Pachyderm Club’s debate that is also being held on Oct. 3. I feel that it is a great opportunity for Pachyderm meeting attendees to hear candidates debate one another. But when given the choice to be present at such an important commission meeting or to attend a club’s debate, I choose to be present with you at the Commission meeting.
Being present during the actual Commission meeting is currently the only way for a citizen to be actively involved with our city government. I am running for Collegedale Commission to give you a bigger voice in your city government. I want to bring more community involvement into our city government.
Please join me at Collegedale City Hall on Oct. 3. The meeting starts at 6 p.m., but I’ll be there early and stay late, to answer any questions you may have for me.