Mayor plans televised town hall forum
Published 9:02 am Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. faces the voters in a live televised question-and-answer session Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to be broadcast on TV23 from the boardroom at the City Hall Annex.
“Mayors and presidents traditionally have state of the city or state of the union addresses,” Flaggs said. “I’m not going stand up before the public and brag about what we’ve done. I want to give them the opportunity to ask questions about the city.”
He said he plans to bring residents up to date on the status of the proposed sports complex and the capital improvements program, but most of the program will be devoted to the concerns of public.
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“This will be an open mic and it will be televised and the press will be available,” he said. “They can ask me whatever they wish about the city — questions about the city’s form of government, how I feel about the form of government.”
Flaggs said he will answer questions about “last call,” the recent decision by the Mississippi Department of Revenue to revoke resort status from four city businesses “in general terms, but I will not discuss the lawsuit” that was filed last week by the owners of KJ’s River Town Grille against the state and the city.
He said he decided on the program to discuss his first year-and-a-half in office, and to get the public’s opinion of how they believe the administration is doing.
“I believe we’re doing very well, but someone in the city may think differently,” he said. “I want to know what they think. I’ve done this before when I was in the Legislature to find out what people think.”
After the program, he said, he will take a CD of it and review it “and see if I have to restructure myself and make changes. I don’t know what the response to the program will be. We might have one person attend, we might have none, or have a large group. I don’t know.