Maybe it was because the meeting was held on a hot summer night, when the ballfields at Morse Park are buzzing and residents would rather sit outside on the porch and spend time with family than attend a meeting — but the fact remains attendance by citizens of Neosho at Monday night’s Comprehensive Plan review was poor to say the least.


Maybe it was because the meeting was held on a hot summer night, when the ballfields at Morse Park are buzzing and residents would rather sit outside on the porch and spend time with family than attend a meeting — but the fact remains attendance by citizens of Neosho at Monday night’s Comprehensive Plan review was poor to say the least.

The majority of the people who attended were business owners, city council members, school boards members, or active citizens who attend nearly every function — whether it be a ribbon cutting or a dedication of a new building.

In 2006, a group of Neosho citizens sat down and hammered out a number of items they would like the city to perform in the next 15 years. On Monday, it was time to review the progress of the Comprehensive Plan and begin the process of making amendments for future growth and projects.

“If you do come and participate, you can have an input,” said Ray Stipp in an interview previewing the meeting. Stipp is the chairman of the Neosho Area Business and Industry Foundation Inc., which sponsored the meeting by getting a meeting time and place and serving refreshments, but did not have an agenda. “The real purpose is for people to come and make suggestions and make things happen.”

While Monday’s meeting focused on an overview of the progress of the Comprehensive Plan already in place, future meetings will begin the process of setting new goals for the city of Neosho, Neosho R-5 School District and Crowder College, and providing direction  that will guide the community heading into the year 2010 and beyond.

So, we urge you — Joe Public — to make it a point to attend the next meeting of the Comprehensive Plan committee. Future meetings will be announced at a later date. Yes, you do have a voice. Yes, you will have an opportunity to share your opinion on future projects.
If you have a Neosho address, you have a stake in this community. You don’t have to be a business owner, or an elected official to have your voice be heard.
Don’t miss this chance to play a role in Neosho’s future.

We also urge the organizers of the meeting to dig deep and try to rationalize why there were not more citizens in attendance. Do the citizens feel as if they will not be listened to? Do they think their views and opinions will not matter once the plans are finalized? Those are just a few questions that may need to be addressed before the next meeting. One question we can answer is that it will take viewpoints from a wide scope of the general public to come up with the best plan for Neosho’s future.

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