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City officials in Miami, OK seek public input on 20-year plan

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City officials in Miami, Oklahoma hold a public meeting to discuss development plans for the city's next 20 years.

Melissa Moore is one of the 25 community ambassadors selected by the city to help develop a new comprehensive plan.

"I think this 20-year plan could incorporate some new ideas for what we can do with the kids," Moore said.

Ideas from others include new parks, facilities and other infrastructure changes.

"I would also like to see more sidewalks," Moore said.

"The sky is the limit on ideas," said Monica Bagwell, communications manager for the City of Miami.

Bagwell says all ideas chosen by the 25-member steering committee will be guided by public input, and reviewed by another committee of city employees.

"They take the dreams from the steering committee and figure out how we can make that happen," Bagwell said.

City officials say establishing a clear road map will help direct the city when it comes to applying for future grants and other sources of funding.

"If we know that there is a great deal of interest in parks, for example, then we can go for more park grants if those are available," said Dean Kruithof, city manager.

Kruithof says the detailed plan will also impact future ordinances.

"As we plan our budgets, our capital improvement programs, taking a look at things like our city codes and if we need to make changes to our codes to be able to reach those goals, those are the things that we do after this planning process," Kruithof said.

Residents can suggest changes anywhere within city limits.

"Neighborhoods, if you want to spruce up your neighborhood, or you have ideas on how you want things to be in the downtown area, all of the city of Miami is involved," Bagwell said.

That's why many hope the entire community will pitch in some ideas.

"I hope we do get a lot of response from the community, because this should be the community's 20-year plan," Moore said.

The next public opportunity for residents to give ideas on Miami's future will be in a town hall meeting, at 6:00 p.m., on March 26 at the Miami Civic Center.
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