About a dozen residents stopped by the Genoa Town Hall Aug. 17 and took up Mayor Mark Williams on his offer to come in, sit down, and have a chat with the mayor.
“I’ve had a chance to meet some new people and the residents had a chance to meet me. I really enjoyed it,” Mayor Williams said.
Some of the residents stopped by during the afternoon for more than a meet and greet. Some came to discuss general concerns about the village with their mayor.
Three hot topics were sidewalk repair, street paving, and the condition of Packer Creek that runs through the village.
“I’m trying to get them some answers. That’s the basic idea behind these meetings,” Mayor Williams added.
Residents wanted answers about the clearing of debris in Packer Creek. One of the main locations of concerns seems to be the amount of debris in the creek near Ninth Street. The clean up is an issue Mayor Williams said needs to be addressed.
“It’s a problem that I’m very concerned about, too. It’s something we want to take a look at and see what needs to be done to address the issue,” said Mayor Williams.
The turnout at this “Talk With The Mayor Day” was double the turnout at the first meeting held earlier this year. Mayor Williams said he will plan another similar meeting soon and that he was excited by the community’s response.
“This gives people an opportunity to talk to the mayor when maybe they can’t come to council meetings because of their schedules. That’s one reason I really wanted to do this. I want the people to have this opportunity,” he added.