Denison holds town hall meeting for Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative

Published: Feb. 13, 2020 at 10:25 PM CST
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The main presentation tonight at Terrell Elementary was about the Denison Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. There were several people there who had questions about a slough of different topics.

"There's several issues that concern me," said citizen, Sue Campbell.

The city of Denison and all its departments came out Thursday night for the town hall meeting. The room was filled with citizens like Rick Christensen, who is also a retired building inspector.

"Just kinda wanna make sure that I'm keeping up with the codes of Denison and find out some of the changes that are taking place in Denison," said Christensen.

This meeting was focused on the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative which includes benefits for owners when they follow city programs like the Voluntary Inspection Program, or V.I.P.

"It's an incentive program, so it's offered to the landlords for incentives for making improvements to their property. Makes it a little easier to fix them up if they need a little help," said Director of Community and Development Services, Kimberly Murray.

Murray said the benefits include discounts for water and trash services and building permits. It's one of many programs the city prides itself on working with the community to get right; an alliance that was born at a town hall like this.

"We of course rolled out some ideas of doing some big neighborhood clean-ups and needing partners within those neighborhoods to get those started," said Co-compliance Manager, Robert Lay.

The city said big changes for Denison start with its citizens.

"If a resident in a certain area of town came to us and I wanna organize a clean up neighborhood-wide, what is it gonna take? The city's gonna support that effort in any way we can," said Lay.

The next town hall meeting will be held at Southside Baptist Church on May 14th at 6:00 p.m.

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