Four City Council members attended, including Phyllis Ferguson, Jan Fisk, Craig Fishel and Mike Schilling. Numerous partners from community agencies listened in, including representatives from Ozarks Community Technical College and Missouri State University; Mercy; City Utilities and the Impacting Poverty Commission. Community Listen has a long list of partners committed to hearing citizen concerns.
Most of the City’s departments were on hand to answer questions, including Director of Building Development Services Chris Straw, Public Works Assistant Director Kirk Juranas and police and fire chiefs Paul Williams and David Hall.
Zone 1 Councilwoman Ferguson handed out T-shirts boasting “North Side Pride” and encouraged participants to take part in a “renaissance” of the City’s historic neighborhoods.
City Manager Greg Burris led the group through a series of somewhat sobering “intensity maps” that illustrated some of the challenges in the Doling neighborhood and the rest of the City’s Zone 1. Zone 1 is the northwest quadrant of the City.
Participants offered suggestions about what things they would most like to see fixed in the Doling Neighborhood.
The top five issues will be incorporated into a plan to address issues in Zone 1. Burris said he expects a plan to come forward after partner agencies meet with City officials in late June.
- Sidewalk improvements
- “Slumlord” chronic nuisance properties
- Intersection problems
- Increase home ownership
- More investment in housing
- Sidewalk improvements on north Prospect, north of Kearney and north Campbell (25 points) = 28.4%
- Address “slumlord” chronic nuisance properties issue (17 points) = 19.3%
- Address intersection problems at Broadway and Talmage (15 points) = 17%
- Increase home ownership – promote Doling to realtors and business (10 points) = 11.4%
- More investment in housing (6 points) = 6.8%
- Teen mentors in outreach activities in parks and at neighborhood events (3 points) = 3.4%
- Clean up the parks, Talmage & Campbell (3 points) = 3.4%
- Improve Doling pool affordability (3 points) = 3.4%
- Address traffic tie-ups at Highway 13 and Norton (2 points) = 2.3%
- Address vandalism (2 points) = 2.3%
- Added amenities in Doling Park, such as a tennis backboard and four-square courts (2 points) = 2.3%
- Improve morale: conduct efforts to engage citizens = 0.