SHERMAN, TX - City leaders in Sherman are making firm plans for the city's future. And it was the stakeholders' turn to give officials an idea of what they want to see included in those plans. Mystic Matthews has more.
About 100 people turned out for a community forum, which was designed to allow the city's more than 35,000 residents a chance to give their input on Sherman's future.
“I think it’s important that the city have a plan and it’s important for residents to have a voice in that strategic plan," says Sherman resident Ginger Nye.
Developer Kindig Keast is helping Sherman create that comprehensive plan.
"We are working with the city on a long range plan for Sherman, looking at the next 20 years of growth and improvement for the community," says Gary Mitchell, who is a principal with Kindig Keast.
They want to know how citizens feel about Sherman's future, the potential for growth and development, transportation, and infrastructure; even more specific things.
"I would hope for some planning in the area like public art. We don't have much in the way of public art," says Nye.
Mitchell says by Kindig Keast hosting an event like this, his company can prioritize what matters most to citizens. "People come to these meetings to tell us what they want to see and we take it down and it feeds into the plan."
Improvements and enhancements are when it comes to housing issues, beautification and upkeep of older, historic parks and homes.
“That's what I love about Sherman and that's what we need to keep. Protect our heritage as well as build our future," says Nye.
City officials have set another forum for next Thursday at the municipal ballroom.
The developer is expected to use the information gathered in these meetings to develop a strategic plan for the city, which will have to be formally approved by the city council.