The struggles of the small city of Laurel Hill have been well documented in the newspapers for years.
I am happy that the current council members are not "hardcore" politicians and tend to take reasonable approaches to city issues.
Anyone who has traveled our roads can see the conditions that could possibly lead to safety issues and damage to vehicles. The roads and the water system are the primary issues of the city.
I think citizens will be shocked to learn of the mandates required by the state — like comprehensive plans and evaluation and appraisal reports — that cost the city thousands of dollars and do nothing for the people.
Many citizens have reached a position of intolerance concerning these issues.
Giving up the city charter is no easy task, and it will require negotiation of give-and-take, but I am convinced that doing so is in the best interest of the people of Laurel Hill.
I urge all citizens residing within the city limits to attend the meeting (6 p.m. Dec. 11 at First Baptist Church of Laurel Hill) and voice your opinion.
I also urge users of the city water system to be at the meeting because you should have a voice in how the system is managed. Outside users are currently silent in the operation and management of the water system.
Council Chairman Larry Hendren is a very fair man and he will allow opinions to be voiced.
Please plan to attend this important meeting on the future of this community.
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