Coleman, Douglas to hold more town hall meetings

Kevin Boozer Staff Writer

September 3, 2013

Kevin Boozer

Staff Writer

WINNSBORO — Rep. MaryGail Douglas and Sen. Creighton Coleman have scheduled three more town hall style meetings with the residents of Fairfield County.

The meetings will be Sept. 16, Oct. 21 and Dec. 2 at the Fairfield Central High School auditorium and will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the public.

At the first of these town hall meetings, more than 100 residents showed up and split into breakout groups to discuss ideas ranging from water and sewer at the new industrial park, Fairfield Memorial Hospital finance, local option sales tax, a recreation building for the Dawkins community, county council officials and repayment of health/tuition compensation, and legal fees paid by the county for FOIA requests related to the Phil Hinely case.

During that meeting, the participants regrouped and spokespeople addressed the group with the help of Coleman and Douglas in an effort to inform the public and correct any misinformation people might have heard.

Douglas called the meeting “a healthy discussion” and “a good beginning point for people.”

“Citizens in our county want to continue this form of dialogue,” she said. “And we are grateful the school district is able to do a public service by providing a space for these meetings.”

Contact staff writer Kevin Boozer at kboozer@civitasmedia.com or 635-4016 ext. 14.