For those who missed the last town hall meeting, I thought I would write an informational post about what took place on October 27th, 2014. The meeting began at 7:00 pm. Present for the board were Edie Rownd, Sonya Cross, and Tom. The mayor was not in attendance due to a funeral. In the crowd was, five citizens, the clerk, secretary, and a police officer. The topic of the evening was to explain the park tax that will be on the ballot tomorrow. Eddie took control and explained the purpose of the tax was to help generate interest in our local parks. She asked for questions from the audience. Two questions were asked. 1.) Where is the Mallord Bay project? 2.) What are the future plans for the tax? Edie answered the second question by saying that they did not have any formal plans for the tax, but their hope was to generate more interest in participation by collecting the tax. No priorities for the money have been laid out. The first question was then answered by saying the Mallord Bay grant money has been sent back. Some discussion took place about the process of the tax making it to the ballot without being on the agenda for the meeting when it was passed. One citizen spoke up and said they would not vote for it because it was not done right. Edie then asked for our ideas on getting more people to participate on city boards and meetings. The suggestion was made to allow citizens to participate more in meetings on voting issues for the aldermen. The suggestion stated allowing any citizen that wanted to speak a time allotment of one minute to speak on the issue so that their voice could be heard. The citizens suggested the aldermen work to make this happen for the betterment of the city. This was a bitter sweet moment as it seemed for a second the city was unified on this idea. Every citizen got to speak without being cut off and their voices were heard. It was a great night for the City of Rockaway Beach and the sense of things we could accomplish if we all participated and worked together.
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Rockaway Beach Extreme Makeover Weekend
A group of citizens in Rockaway Beach have been meeting for the purpose of community development. The citizens decided the first project this group would focus on would be to host a clean-up Rockaway Beach event. The purpose of this project is to foster community pride in ownership, unite the community by showing a willingness to work with others and with outside mentors to improve the long-term viability of Rockaway Beach. This event will consist of volunteers from the city of Rockaway Beach, Bridge of Faith Community Church, local businesses, area churches, and Branson area businesses that believe in the revitalization of Rockaway Beach. The project will be lead by local citizen and pastor of Bridge of Faith Community Church, Jonathan McGuire. This event will focus on Hwy 176 or Main street of Rockaway Beach from the corner of 176 and EE to the East end of 176 and EE. Areas of focus will be on the city park, community garden, and Pizza Cellar. Projects entail landscape maintenance, litter pickup, general cleaning, painting, and planting. This will take place on April 25th through the 27th. On Friday and Saturday, at 9:00 a.m. volunteers will gather at the Rockaway Beach city park to sign in and report to their assigned work zones. At 11:30 we will once again gather in the Rockaway Beach city park for lunch provided by Amvets Post 78. After lunch, its back to work to put the finishing touches on the morning’s projects. All Projects will be completed by 3:00 p.m. Sunday the day will begin at 11:30 in the city park with lunch being provided. At 1:00 p.m., its back to work to finish up the weekend’s projects. All projects will be completed by 4:00 p.m.
At the end of the weekend, numerous volunteers will have “Made over” Rockaway Beach into the beautiful city we all love.