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Springs Town Hall meeting Thursday

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Thursday night’s Springs Town Hall meeting will add to and continue what organizers got out of the spring meeting back in March.

At the March meeting, participants were asked for their top three visions and what they saw as the top three problems facing the Springs.

“We want to know what is the community’s vision,” saidEllen Conlan, a member of the Springs Community Alliance steering committee.

“With Highway 12 settled … now what?” she said.

Organizers have collected the visions and problems and tried to put them into one of six topics – Beautification; Business; Community Identity; Health and Wellness; Safety; and Youth and Family. Within each of the topics is a list of items that participants identified. But there’s some crossover.

“As an example, gangs are listed under more than one topic,” Conlan said. Others with multiple mentions include gardens, drug abuse, bike paths and code enforcement.

Thursday night, people who attend will be able to pick a topic and join with other people who are likewise interested.

“People will meet neighbors who share their same interest,” Conlan said. “Going forward, we would have groups of people who could address some of the concerns.”

“We have a lot of common issues,” Conlan said. “We want to see how people prioritize when items cross topics.”

Organizers are hoping there’s a doable project or two that comes out of Thurday’s meeting.

“Our goal is to work together, as neighbors and friends, as well as with Susan Gorin and her teams, and other organizations to solve our problems and create our dreams,” she said.

The group is working with La Luz Center to have flyers in Spanish, and La Luz will offer Spanish translating services.

In addition, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, and Starbucks are donating light refreshments.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Sonoma Valley Grange, 18627 Sonoma Highway.