Citizen participation encouraged at Thursday’s strategic plan listening session

Mayor Bruce Fraley is encouraging citizens to have their say about the direction of the city at Thursday’s Berea Strategic Plan Community Listening and Design Session. The two-hour event takes place in the Madison Southern High School Cafeteria beginning at 5:30 p.m.

How should the City of Berea plan for the future? City officials are hoping to get public input on that question at a Community Listening and Design Session at Madison Southern High School Cafeteria. The two-hour session takes place this Thursday, March 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served at the meeting.

The conversation is designed to be citizen-driven, touching on a wide range of topics affecting the future of the city, including job creation, infrastructure, water resources, public safety, beautification, environmental protection, tourism expansion, planning and development, regional cooperation, and many other topics that will impact the quality of life in Berea for years to come.

The community input session is part of the Berea City Council’s effort to shape the strategic plan, giving council members the opportunity to hear ideas, suggestions, and concerns of local citizens, while also giving residents the chance to voice their opinions about the city’s priorities and possible plans for action. The discussion will be moderated by community development advisors from the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC).

Last month, the Berea City Council sketched out a preliminary list of priorities, but the March 7 meeting gives citizens their chance to contribute and be heard on what they want for their families, businesses, and for the future of Berea, said Mayor Bruce Fraley. “I think it’s important for city officials to listen and this is designed to be a listening session, just to hear what people have on their minds,” Fraley said. “We need to make sure that the goals and objectives of the council are concurrent with the expectations of the citizens.”

Madison Southern High School is located at 279 Glades Road. For more information about the meeting, contact the City of Berea at 859 986-8528.

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