City Council prioritizing citizen input as planning sessions are

City Council prioritizing citizen input as planning sessions are set to get underway

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

With Lubbock looking towards the future in its recently unveiled 2040 plan, the City Council is also setting up planning sessions this month to shape its current goals.

Mayor Dan Pope said many of the issues the council will discuss in these upcoming meetings are in the Lubbock 2040 plan, which was unveiled on Monday. 

"I think at some point, you'll find where a lot of it meshes together. I think they're complementary in that regard. The 2040 plan is long-term, but some of it can begin right away. I think some of what we'll talk about next week and then in a couple weeks will find its way," Pope said. 

He said this is an effort to balance the city's current and future goals.

"I think that's what this is all about. It's about trying to stay ahead. Our citizens expect good services from us, whether that's a road, it's garbage pickup, whether it's electricity,  or public safety. We just always need to be planning to try to stay ahead of what those needs might be," Pope said.

The mayor said the key to this whole process is the amount of citizen input. 

"We want people to be involved. I think government works best when it's closest to people, and the people who the government serves are involved in the decision making process," Pope said.

With social media apps like Facebook and Twitter, Pope said citizen opinions are more accessible than ever before.

"It's remarkable how our interaction with citizens through our website, which is new and improved, but also through our social channels. It's growing a lot faster than the city is growing, which is growing pretty quickly, but it's very important," Pope said. 

Pope added this was not possible 15 years ago, and everyone should take advantage of these social channels to voice their perspective on an issue.

Among the issues the council will discuss include ways to fix infrastructure and public transportation, a new waste system, and downtown renovations.

These planning sessions are scheduled for October 9 and October 25, respectively, at 8 a.m. in the civic center.

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