Residents Express Concern To Mayor


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Residents Express Concern To Mayor

By Josh Egbert. CREATED Oct 17, 2013

Mayor Jean Stothert was in the hot seat during Thursday night's Town Hall meeting. The mayor vowed to listen and she got an earful.

Is North Omaha being ignored? That's what residents really wanted to know as they got a chance to ask the mayor some questions. Specifically, when will things chance?

It was a packed house at the Charles B. Washington Library Thursday night.

"We have a lot of work to do and I can't do it alone." the mayor told the audience. "I need your input, that's why we're here tonight."

It was part of Mayor Jean Stothert's Town Hall meeting series. A chance for residents to speak out on the issues that concern them in their neighborhoods.

"Abandoned homes are really scary and dangerous." said once resident in attendance.

"There's some serious unemployment in North Omaha." another resident who expressed disappointment in the lack of job opportunities in the area.

It did, at time, get heated.

Ronald Jefferson, president of the United Minority Contractors, says the mayor was absent from North Omaha during her campaign.

"I hate to say this, but Mayor, you didn't even campaign out here. Now you're out here pitty pattying with us and we've got major issues out here." says Jefferson.

The mayor disagreed.

"I'm going to disagree with you there. I did spend a lot of time in this district and yes, I'm here for an hour tonight, but I'll be here whenever you want me to come up here." explained Mayor Stothert.

The mayor has been in office four months now. Those in attendance say it's too soon to know if any changes will be made to the area. But say, they're willing to give her a chance.

"I am a democrat, but I voted for this late and I support her all the way. Until she does me wrong." said another resident.

Mayor Stothert said change doesn't come overnight, but said it also takes the help of the community for change to take place.

"It's my goal in the next four years to show people that they made the right choice. I can't do it overnight. I can't do it alone." emphasized the mayor.

The mayor will be holding five more Town Hall meetings between now and November.

Town Hall Schedule-

Monday 10/21     Kroc Center        6:30-7:30
Thursday 10/24  Norris Middle School      6:30-7:30
Monday 10/28     Saddlebrook Community Center     6:30-7:30
Monday 11/4       Benson Library      6:30-7:30
Tuesday 11/5     Millard North Middle School    6:30-7:30