The city’s response to Tropical Storm Irma will be one of the main topics discussed at a “Let’s Talk with the Mayor” forum scheduled for Thursday night, according to Mayor Teresa Tomlinson.
“Of course we’ll talk about anything,” the mayor said in an interview with the Ledger-Enquirer. “But I thought it could be an after action community assessment of Irma. ... Did 311 work like (citizens) wanted? Did they call 911 and get what they wanted? What happened on their street? And what could we do better next time, that sort of thing.”
The public forum is being sponsored by the Urban League of Greater Columbus Young Professionals and other organizations. It will be held 6 p.m to 7:30, Thursday, at the Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road.
On Tuesday, the mayor issued a letter commending public safety personnel and other first responders for braving dangerous weather to protect lives.
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She also thanked public works employees, the city’s executive leadership, as well as administrators at the local Red Cross and the Columbus Civic Center, who hosted some 700 evacuees from different cities.
Later at a Columbus Council meeting, Tomlinson reiterated those sentiments. Councilors made similar statements congratulating the mayor, city personnel, volunteers, donors, and agencies and the overall community, for their work before, during and after the storm.
The mayor said she’s beginning to develop a list for proclamations, and asked councilors to submit names of people they think should be recognized.
Following the discussion, everyone in the room stood up and applauded those who responded to the storm for a job well done.