The next Building Strong Neighborhoods Initiative in the city of Mesa will be held in Council District 6. The focus of the initiative will be the Desert Sands neighborhood, 76th Place to Palo Verde Street and from Southern Avenue to U.S. highway 69 (Superstition Freeway). The program will kick off with an orientation meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7, in the Community Room at Light in the Desert Baptist Church, 7930 E. Baseline. Councilman Kevin Thompson, who represents District 6, is scheduled to give an introduction to neighbors at the meeting.
“I am excited to take part in my first Building Strong Neighborhood meeting as the council member for District 6. It is very important for me to get out in the community and meet my neighbors, and this is the perfect opportunity,” Councilman Thompson said in a press release. “These meetings play a very important role in our community, and I look forward to the interactions between the city and our residents.”
(A similar meeting was held in April by Mesa Councilman David Luna, District 5. See the story here.)
At the May 7 meeting, residents will hear about upcoming planned projects as well as Clean Sweep dumpster locations and dates. Action teams will be formed so that residents may work together to address concerns they may have and plan community activities. Residents attending the orientation meeting will have the opportunity to meet staff from various city departments such as code compliance, police, transportation and animal control. There will also be representatives from various non-profit agencies and education venues for residents to visit in an expo type setting before and after the meeting.
“We encourage all residents to participate in the program. Neighbors will have an opportunity as a group to work hand in hand with city staff to create positive change in their neighborhood,” Andrea Alicoate, city of Mesa neighborhood outreach coordinator, said in the release.
The city of Mesa Building Strong Neighborhoods Initiative was introduced in the fall of 2006 to provide education and resources to one selected neighborhood in each Council district once per year. For more information, contact Ms. Alicoate at 480-644-5034 or Andrea.Alicoate@MesaAZ.gov.
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