Town hall meeting set for Stratton Meadows

Richard Skorman

Skorman, Avila seek public input from neighborhood

By Lily Reavis
The Southeast Express

 City Councilor Yolanda Avila and Council President Richard Skorman will host a public town hall to discuss community issues facing Council Districts 3 and 4. The event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30,  at Meadows Park Community Center in Stratton Meadows — an area which Avila says has been unintentionally excluded from City Council events in recent years.

 “We haven’t had a town hall in Stratton Meadows,” she said. “And the community has reached out and told me they want to be heard.”

The community center is located at 1943 S. El Paso St. Avila explained that the dividing line between Council Districts 3 and 4 sits “right down the middle” of Southeast Colorado Springs, which she says creates distance within the community.

As the City Councilor of District 4, Avila has worked directly with many community members from her jurisdiction of Southeast. She hopes that, by working with District 3 Councilor Skorman, all members of Southeast will be heard and included.

“What I want to do is listen to them and hear what their public safety and transportation concerns are,” Avila said.

Avila also hopes that Tuesday’s town hall will serve as a celebration of the citizens of Southeast who have “gotten input from their community and taken it back.”

Several of the area’s urban renewal projects have been furthered because of community efforts, according to Avila. The bridge at Circle Drive and Interstate 25 is a shining example: Avila wants to thank the students and community ambassadors from Harrison High School who helped get the project underway.

The town hall will follow an open dialogue structure, allowing for input from Avila and Skorman, community members and invited officials.

“Parts of Southeast have really learned how to engage,” Avila said. “Now I want to hear what the other parts have to say.”

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