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City looks for input from citizens

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GUN BARREL CITY–Daniel Harrison, representative from Freese and Nichols, the engineering firm hired to complete the city’s comprehensive plan, welcomed a substantial group of citizens to the first open house on the plan, Jan. 23.
Harrison said his firm is the oldest engineering firm in the state, having been established in 1894 and headquartered in Fort Worth. He told the gathering the planning process is focused on benefit to the community, public health, safety and welfare.
The plan is in the early stages, Harrison said, the information gathering stage. He presented a snapshot from information gathered about the city including average home value ($103,300), occupation (majority office and sales) and median income ($43,712), along with population information. Gun Barrel City’s population is estimated at just over 6,000.
The open house allowed citizens to give input on what they thought the city’s strengths and weaknesses were, as well as opportunities and threats. The boards set up around the room gave them the opportunity to give feedback on what they wanted to see in the city’s future, what was lacking as well as what was good about living in Gun Barrel City and what they thought needed to be preserved.
Harrison encouraged citizens to respond to the survey online and spread the word to friends and neighbors to get the most input possible. The survey is optimized for every digital platform and is available at gbc2040.metroquest.com. The online survey closes Friday, Feb. 14. More information including all the boards that were filled in during the open house are available by visiting the city’s website and clicking on the link www.gbcplan.com. Future meetings open to the public will be posted on that site.