The city of University Place will launch what Mayor Debbie Klosowski has dubbed a “community listening tour” next month.
Called Speak UP!, the tour gives residents a chance to ask questions or raise ideas and concerns to city leaders and staff at four meetings held at different locations in the city.
They will be held at 7 p.m. on:
• Feb. 9 at the University Place Senior Community Center, 2534 Grandview Dr. West.
• Feb. 10 at the New Tacoma Cemetery, 9212 Chambers Creek Road West.
• March 3 at First Baptist Church, 2844 Mountain View Ave. West
• March 23 at the University Place Library at 3609 Market Place, Suite 100. The library will hold its grand opening Feb. 12.
The tour follows a community survey that in part found that while residents were complimentary of neighborhood safety and some basic city services, they were almost evenly split on the question of whether the suburban city of 31,000 is headed in the right direction.
It also found that while 29 percent of respondents agreed that the city was responsive to citizen concerns, 25 percent of them disagreed and the remainder couldn’t respond meaningfully to this question “perhaps because they had no basis for judgment at this time.”
One of its recommendation is that city officials continue providing important city communication through a variety of means, both traditional and electronic.
For more information, call Marian Holloway with the city of University Place at 253-460-2500.