County Commissioner and Lakeland City Commissioner To Hold Town Hall
Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:44 p.m.
LAKELAND | Polk County Commissioner John Hall and Lakeland City Commissioner Phillip Walker will host a public town hall meeting at 6 p.m. March 7 at the North Lakeland YMCA, 2125 Sleepy Hill Road.
Although county commissioners and city commissioners have hosted town hall meetings in the past, this appears to be the first one involving members of both bodies at the same event.
Hall said the idea came out of a discussion he had with Walker at a recent gathering.
Both officials' districts include areas on Lakeland's northside. Residents may have concerns about things happening in that part of the county and be unsure to whom to address their questions.
Hall said the meeting, which will involve just the commissioners and not city or county staff, is intended to give residents a chance to ask those questions.
"It doesn't really matter whether citizens are inside the city limits or outside the city limits, they're all Polk County residents,'' Hall said.
Walker said this is something that has been on his mind for some time because it will help residents to understand the different roles of city and county officials.
He said he considered setting up such a meeting with Sam Johnson, Hall's predecessor, but things never worked out to make that happen.
"When I'm out talking to people, a lot of questions come up that don't fall under the city's jurisdiction," he said. "I hope this will give folks a better understanding."
Walker said he wants to be able to create a forum where everyone can get some help with their questions.
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