Alderman Daniel Berry challenged citizens of Tullahoma to try harder if they wanted to make a difference in their community during one of his recent town hall meetings.
“We as city officials, show up to the Board of Mayor and Alderman Meetings twice a month, press a button to vote, and go home,” Berry said. “If you really want change, citizens have to get up, go out into the community, go to the city board meetings, and make the change happen yourselves.”
Berry says he holds town hall meetings in order to inspire citizens to get more involved in the community and kick start the change that they want to see.
During the town hall meetings, held at D.W. Wilson Community Center on North Collins Street, he likes to present and discuss the city budget reports as well as address business presented and voted on during Board of Mayor and Alderman Meetings.
During a particular town hall, Berry voiced his opinion on the way Tullahoma city offices work when it comes to fulfilling tasks. He breaks down the city’s monthly budget report, explaining why they spend more money in certain places than others as well as addressing the deficits in spending in certain areas. He spends time talking about what he believes more money should be spent on, and how the community should stand up and address the board if they feel that the funding should be used in other ways.
“Funding is just one example of what citizens can voice their opinions about at meetings,” Berry said. “If there is a problem that deeply affects you, why would you sit at home and complain about how the city does nothing if you aren’t going to get up and tell us what the problem is? How do you expect it to be solved?”
“We need more community input and participation. You elect us and expect us to get all of these things done for you, but if you cannot come to a meeting or contact us in an effort to address it, how would we know about it?”
Berry holds his town meetings on certain Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. Check out his public Facebook page “Daniel Berry – Tullahoma City Alderman” for more information on town hall dates and visit www.tullahomatn.gov to find more information on city officials and departments.
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