COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It was the final opportunity of 2016 for many to voice their concerns directly to Columbus' mayor and other city leaders.
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson hosted a "Let's Talk...with the Mayor" forum Thursday night at the Columbus Public Library.
There were questions and answers about city WiFi in public places, small business growth, transportation needs, city finances, and ideas on solar power.
City Manager Isaiah Hugley, who grew up in Baker Village, talked to the crowd about huge, positive changes coming to South Columbus, but he also says it may take time - like it did in other parts of the Fountain City.
"Uptown (transformation) that I described took 25 years. Midtown that you see (took a long time). Something phenomenal is about to happen, so the crime rate that you think is there or might be there - won't be there when we get this thing done," Hugley said. .
The transformation he's talking about includes a $56 million Spencer High School with new sports complex, plus streetscaping on Brennan and Fort Benning Roads.
The purpose of these forums is to allow residents to discuss concerns and provide a current status of the city.