San Angelo hosted several public forums on Thursday regarding city improvements and racial healing.
"Whether its roadways that are important... whether parks are important whether there are drainage concerns, this is how individuals in the community can actually speak to the council persons and help to shape what those priorities are," said Lance Overstreet, Assistant City Engineer with the city of San Angelo.
The city hosted its first public forum on capitol improvement projects on Thursday. They have seen much success from the forums in the past. Several projected in 2017 were created because of public comments.
"The MLK Boulevard project, the Southland project the design of Southwest.. the Bell Street project coming up," Overstreet said.
Several residents voiced their opinions at the forum, but the hot topic was stormwater drainage.
"It kind of smells a little bit," said Paul Alexander, former city council member for District 1. "It has a bad smell when it goes down, there is just junk."
Alexander was a city council member for four years. He said we already pay a stormwater fee, so he suggested the city council uses that money to dreg our lakes every 20 years.
"Were taking out the junk," Alexander said.
Over at the San Angelo Ministerial Alliance, a forum on racial healing was also held. Community members of all ages attended. They discussed the possible problems within the community.
"Sometimes people especially on the North side feel that they are being isolated from the rest of the community,"said Mechelle Grooms-Reid, San Angelo resident.
They also discussed how to racially-heal the community. Reid believed it starts with forgiveness.
"We've got to forgive if we were mis-used or discriminated and heal in the end," Reid said.
If you were unable to make the capitol improvement projects public forum, you can have your voice heard through survey by clicking here. The city will be taking public comments until February.