ST. PAULS — If you have a good idea, the town of St. Pauls wants to hear it.
The St. Pauls Board of Commissioners announced at its Thursday meeting plans for a community forum to get public input on ways to improve the town.
“Are there things in St. Pauls that you would like to change?” Town Administrator J.R. Steigerwald said. “Do you have ideas on how to improve the the community? Well on Sept. 30, you will have the opportunity.”
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the District Courtroom in Town Hall at 210 W. Blue St. The commissioners and town administrators will attend.
Steigerwald said speakers will be restricted to three minutes, but are free to talk about any issue. If a topic has been discussed, speakers are asked to limit subsequent comments to expressing support or opposition.
“For activities that the town is not able to address, we will try to refer you to the right place,” Steigerwald said. “The town does not deal with the schools for example, but we will be glad to share those thoughts with the school district.”
Town officials are asking businesses to help publicize the meeting and the St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce has agreed to distribute fliers.
Steigerwald said he would like about 100 people to attend this first-time event.
“The members of the town board are interested in what’s on your mind,” Steigerwald said. “Please come and share your thought with us.”
Also on Thursday, the board:
— Approved spending $7,000 for the Lumber River of Governments to conduct a study on housing needs in the town as part of a STEP initiative. The study is expected to take about six months and will be funded by a $25,000 planning grant from the North Carolina Rural Center.
— Approved a request from Monte De Los Olivos Church that it be allowed to hold a basketball tournament on Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the town park. Police Chief Tommy Hagens said similar events have caused a strain on his department because of complaints from those living near the park. The tournament organizers agreed to keep noise levels down and to clean up after the event.
— Named Mayor Gordon Westbrook as the town’s voting delegate to the N.C. League of Municipalities.
Scott Witten works for Civitas Media as editor of The Red Springs Citizen and The St. Pauls Review.