WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Residents of the Old East Wilmington neighborhood told officials from the City of Wilmington Thursday evening that the main issue in their neighborhood is public safety.
Residents met at the Derick Davis Center at Maides Park to discuss the future of their neighborhoods with city officials.
According to Brian Chambers, an associate planner with the city, these meetings are held to get input from community residents about what issues are most important to the public.
"The main thing obviously was the public safety," said Chambers. "That's a big concern in this part of town."
Residents suggested numerous ideas to improve the area's safety, including placing a fence around the Creekwood community and adding more street lights to the roads.
Chambers said it is important to recognize that there are other factors within the city that need to be addressed in addition to the fight against crime.
"We also heard things about protecting our parks and schools and providing better facilities and better programs for children, for our young people," explained Chambers.
Residents welcomed the meeting and took advantage of the opportunity to voice their opinions about the city.
Lucretia Grady-Boney, a resident of the Barclay Hills neighborhood, thought the city's employees did a good job in organizing the meeting.
"They care and we care," explained Grady-Boney. "I don't care what neighborhood you're in, we're all in the city of Wilmington and we all have to live here so these things are important to everybody."
The city will hold two planning meetings each month in different sections of Wilmington until April of 2014.
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