Providence city officials trying to stay ahead of the growth

If you’ve driven through the Providence area, especially the business areas of town, you’ve no doubt seen many changes with many new buildings going up, and changes, even, to roads and access turn-offs. On KVNU’s For the People program on Monday, Providence Mayor John Drew said the city is doing its best to address the inevitable growth.

“Well we certainly have development in all directions of the city and we’re trying to do our best to stay ahead of the curve and plan in advance. We’ve just gone through a year-long exercise in updating our general plan and we’ve gotten some good things to come out of that…some good input from the residents,” said Drew.

“Some, of course, aren’t happy with change and new development. They’d like to see things in Providence the way they are. But, nevertheless, we as a city and the city staff have to do our jobs and plan well in advance.”

Residents are invited to talk to Drew and other city officials the first Saturday of every month in an informal town-hall setting. The mayor said they’ve had pretty good turn-out so far and each month they have a primary topic they cover, but citizens are invited to show up and ask any questions.

They have snacks and refreshments and it’s early enough in the day so it won’t interfere too much with other weekend plans. This Saturday, April 7th the topic to be discussed will be all about ‘Water – Culinary, Storm Water, Waste Water and Irrigation Water’ from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the city offices. Future topics can be submitted to the city website

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