City to host town hall meeting
Mayor, City Council members will be on hand to answer questions

COVINGTON - The city of Covington will hold a town hall meeting open to all residents from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Turner Lake Complex at 6185 Turner Lake Road.

The meeting is one way Mayor Kim Carter said she is fulfilling her campaign promise of inclusion and access to city government for residents.

"This was a key element of my campaign. It reflects my fundamental belief that each citizen must have an opportunity to participate personally in shaping our vision, plans and actions for our city," Carter said in a letter announcing the town hall meeting.

In addition to the mayor, members of the city council, City Manager Steve Horton and city department heads will be on hand to answer questions and address concerns in what Carter said she hopes will be a "relaxed and productive chat."

About 200 invitations to the event were sent to residents in Covington and Newton County.

"We're not just concerned about people that live in the city. The city contributes to the community in all sorts of ways, so we are getting county leaders and business leaders involved," Carter said.

The invitations included post cards on which residents were asked to write questions and return to the city anonymously. Postcards will also be available at the meeting, or residents can simply raise their hands to be called on, Carter said.

"I hope this can be done on a quarterly basis. The whole idea is to engage our community to get involved and try to be as open and accessible as possible," she said.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.