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The second in a series of town hall meetings hosted by El Dorado City Council members will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the SouthArk Library Auditorium.

Ward 2 council members Vance Williamson and Judy Ward are hosting the meeting.

Mayor Veronica Smith-Creer, Police Chief Kenneth Hickman, Fire Chief Chad Mosby and Director of Public Works Robert Edmonds are also expected to attend.

Council members are hosting the meetings at the behest of Smith-Creer, who said the town halls will not only offer residents the opportunity to meet face to face with their council representatives , but they will also put city officials in closer touch with their constituents and the communities they represent.

The mayor has explained that the purpose of the meetings is to help familiarize citizens with the roles and functions of city officials and the various city departments and services.

Moreover, residents will learn the processes and procedures of City Hall, such as how to properly file grievances and complaints and the applicable office or department to conduct business with the city.

Approximately 50 people reportedly attended the Ward 1 town hall March 5 at the Union County Fairgrounds.

Council members Mike Rice and Billy Blann — both of whom represent Ward 1 —, Smith-Creer, Edmonds and the police and fire chiefs mostly addressed questions and comments about plans for a marijuana dispensary in thee ward.

The business is expected to open at 2511 Calion Road (the intersection of Calion Road and 19th Street).

Ward encouraged Ward 2 residents to attend the meeting Tuesday.

She said city officials will provide updates on projects and other goings-on in Ward 2 and welcome comments and questions from the audience.

Town halls have also been scheduled for wards 3 and 4.

Ward 3 council members Willie McGhee and Andre Rucks have scheduled a town hall for 5:30 p.m. April 30 in the St. James Village Outreach Facility, 1308 E. Hillsboro.

In Ward 4, a town hall meeting has been set for 5:30 p.m. May 13 in Morning Star Baptist Church, 2506 N. College (the intersection of North College Avenue and 19th Street).

Council members Paul Choate and Dianne Hammond represent Ward 4.

City officials are urging residents to attend the meetings.

Following the Ward 4 town hall, Smith-Creer said city officials will evaluate the meetings, noting that the meetings are part of an effort to better serve El Dorado residents.

“I hope people don’t think we’re going to do one and be done with it. We want this to become an ongoing thing,” she has said.

Tia Lyons may be contacted at 870-862 6611 or tlyons@eldoradonews.com.

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