Lindale area input sought for Smith County long-range road plan

Published on Monday, 17 July 2017 13:13 - Written by FAITH HARPER, fharper@tylerpaper.com

Lindale residents will have an opportunity to talk about county road issues on Thursday.

Smith County is hosting a public forum in the city, but the venue has changed.

The forum will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Lindale High School cafetorium, 920 E. Hubbard St.

This is the second public hearing the county has hosted for input on its long-range road improvement plan.

“This is a citizen-driven and oriented process,” County Judge Nathaniel Moran said. “We have heard from residents in the past about how important infrastructure is, and we now want to make sure that we have provided numerous opportunities and numerous avenues for residents to give us input, because it’s their voice that counts.”

Moran said the turnout was so large at the first public forum that the county booked a bigger venue. The meeting was originally scheduled to be at the Lindale City Hall, which is significantly smaller.

“That venue will certainly hold anyone who wants to come,” Moran said. “We want to accommodate the crowd size that we think will be there.”

The county has scheduled two other public forums, and has a form online for those who can’t make it to the sessions.

• Aug. 15 at the R.B. Hubbard Facility, “The Hub,” 304 E. Ferguson St. in Tyler

• July 27 at the New Harmony Baptist Church, 10251 Farm-to-Market Road 724

Each will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and are come-and-go events.

Residents also can provide feedback online. A link to the form can be found on the county’s homepage, www.smith-county.com . The link is in the right section of links under the heading of “County Residents.”

The form can be filled out online and submitted electronically.

The page also has tabs with meeting schedules and useful resources.

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