The meeting room at the Shady Grove Recreation Center was standing room only at Monday's meeting of the South Bossier Citizen's Assembly, packed with citizens interested in hearing how this fast-growing community is meeting the challenges that come with the growth.
South Bossier City Councilman Scott Irwin helped get the group started 12 years ago, to give people a chance to get involved in their changing community. "The objective is to bring city hall to the neighborhoods," he said.
Most of those at Monday's meeting were there for the first time. "South Bossier is growing, the zip code 71112 continues to be the fastest growing area of Senate District 37," said Louisiana State Senator Barrow Peacock.
Peacock was at Monday's meeting to give updates about several topics, including the state kicking off a study of the Jimmie Davis Bridge, the first step in the long, slow process of replacing it.
New streets lights are also expected to go up on a portion of Barksdale Blvd. near the Arthur Teague Parkway, and Irwin explained crews are scheduled to improve the road on HWY 71 South.
The date to open the new South Bossier Park has been pushed back to Spring of 2014, due to the infancy of the grass there.
Also, starting December 4, South Bossier neighbors may notice a new company, Republic Industries, with all natural gas powered trucks picking up their trash.
But most importantly, Senator Peacock explains, the meeting provides an opportunity for people to mingle with leaders. "There doesn't need to be a buffer between the citizens and the elected representatives." Removing barriers between local legislators and the citizens in the community is exactly why Councilman Irwin says he started the meetings, which include time for citizens to just mingle with their local and state leaders.