Salisbury officials ‘walk and talk’ with neighbors in Doverdale community
SALISBURY, Md. – Going door to door, Salisbury officials are making it their mission to speak with each and every resident in the community. To gain their trust and strengthen the relationship between the city and its families who call this place their home.
“This is sort of a two way street. We want to hear what people have to ask us. We want to hear ideas they’ve got, concerns they’ve got,” said Salisbury Mayor Jake Day.
As part of an ongoing initiative to help improve neighborhoods in the area, city officials and leaders went from one house to the next, giving residents the chance to address concerns or share ideas–that would better their community.
“We have families all in the area and people drive through at excessive speeds and it just makes me worried because the kids are outside playing and I don’t want anybody to get hurt,” said resident Melissa Purnell.
Community leaders say initiatives like these are critical in reminding families that they matter, and that their voices should be heard.
“When you’re making decisions for people you should get out and know who those people are, what problems those people have,” said youth development specialist for the city of Salisbury, Jermichael Mitchell.
And residents we spoke with tell us discussing their concerns with officials face to makes all the difference.
“It makes me feel good that he’s coming out to a neighborhood like this where you don’t feel like you stick out in Salisbury but it makes you feel good that they actually care,” said Purnell.
Day also tells 47 hat the city still has plans to continue these walk and talk initiatives throughout local neighborhoods. He adds that the next one will take place sometime in June
Before Salisbury officials went around the neighborhood talking with families, they held a pop up shop for the youth throughout the community. Community leaders say they set up two shops one at the Truitt Street Community Center. The other one at the Doverdale Park. Salisbury police officers, firefighters, and other volunteers were at the pop up tents to chat with students and offer snacks. They say the idea behind it was to engage the youth and give students a better way to connect and communicate with their local officials.
“The community can’t always make it downtown to the city government and city hall and to meetings and things of that nature so it’s always good to go out and meet the community where they are so I think it’s just a great opportunity,” said neighborhood relations manager Kevin Lindsay.
Lindsay adds that they expect to hold another pop up shop initiative later on in May.