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Grand Island mayoral advisory council looks to the future
Getting Grand Island back on track was what Mayor Jay Vavricek said the focus was at Monday night's Mayoral Advisory council meeting.
But will it happen from here on out?
Some members say they have high hopes, while others are still concerned about the city's direction.
At the start of the meeting the Mayor said he was only interested in input for the future but with a 23 member mayoral advisory committee many expressed concerns about what's happened in the past and goal setting for the future.
Key topics discussed were the role of city government, city growth, and the lack of communication which some say has made Grand Island the laughing stock of Nebraska.
Here's what some board members had to say after the meeting.
"I'm afraid that we're going to end up rubber stamping the Mayor, giving him an okay. I don't think its right, but I'm afraid that's the way it going to go, I'll just have to wait and see what happens at the next couple meetings," said Bob Lathen.
"The tone was set for some respectful communication going forward not so much looking back in angst, but looking forward with a pretty good degree of optimism I would say," Wendy McCarty said.
The Mayor says the advisory board will not be used to pre-empt elective authority. It's strictly for input.
Others topics discussed were LB840, Grand Island's Economic Development Program, which is up for a vote November 6th.
Board members are made up of a diverse group of citizens including two high school students.
The group will meet the third Monday of the month at 7:00 pm at City Hall.
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