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04/14/04

Mayor Hosts First Town Hall Meeting

Mayor Otis Johnson Mayor Otis Johnson

It was one of his promises on the campaign trail, and today Mayor Otis Johnson is making good on it. He's presenting his first "state of the city" address, along with his first quarterly town hall meeting to hear from Savannah residents. When we spoke with him this afternoon, he said he doesn't know what to expect. He's not sure how many people will show up or what their reaction will be, but he says these quarterly meetings will introduce a little more democracy into the City of Savannah.

"We could inform the community about what we're doing so it will allow the community to talk to us about what their concerns are," he said of the meetings.

Mayor Johnson, city aldermen and Savannah citizens are expected to be at the Savannah Civic Center for Savannah's first-ever mayoral town hall meeting. Johnson will start off with the state of the city address that he says he was not prepared to give when he was first elected, but after three months in office, he has a lot to talk about.

"We will be talking about economic development, reducing crime and continuing to work on capital projects," he told us.

But the mayor says what he's looking forward to the most tonight is hearing from his constituents. "That makes me happy," he said. "I like to do things no one else has done, especially positive things. I hope this will introduce more democracy for the City of Savannah."

And he adds whatever the outcome tonight, he will continue to hold quarterly meetings for the rest of his term. "The important thing is to provide an opportunity for people to participate if they choose not to," he told us. "You've still done what you were suppose to do."

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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