AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Newly elected city council member, Lynda Tremaine, hosted a town hall meeting Monday, December 1, for the residents of Ward 5.
This was the second meeting Tremaine has put on since being sworn last month and is part of her pledge to keep an open line of communication with residents.
"One of my promises when I ran for city council was to have monthly meetings so citizens could come in and express their concerns or ask questions and just have an open forum," says Tremaine.
Over thirty people gathered at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church to express concerns on a range of topics from new construction of area hotels to city lighting.
"It is too dark for the massive population base within four or five blocks to downtown," says a concerned resident.
The parking problem associated with Auburn High School students was also brought up.
New signs in surrounding neighborhoods are set to be in place within the coming weeks enforcing restricted parking between the hours of 7:30 AM and 10 AM.
However, residents believe this may not solve the entire problem.
"Kids park where the garbage is picked up and you can't get your mail," explains another resident.
"We're still looking for some simpler solutions in the long run to help the (students) out too," explains Tremaine.
Ward 5 houses over 5,000 people and Tremaine says the meetings will serve as an alternative option for those not wanting to speak during citizen communications during the regular city council meetings.
"If you have problems they only get bigger if you don't address it right away. Hopefully when the final decision is made by the city council it represents the community," says Tremaine.
Ward 5 public meetings will be held the first Monday of each month.