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December 26, 2013

Planning sessions setting Princeville course

PRINCEVILLE — PRINCEVILLE — With less than two weeks as the mayor under his belt, Bobbie Jones has already began working toward his goal of uniting the government and its citizens. Jones has planned seven individual "Strategic Planning Sessions" which will include all facets of the community.

The sessions are mapped out in seven categories ranging from the senior citizens to youth from 5-12 years old. Jones has also set aside a day to spruce up the town.

"Our Campaign slogan was "Let US make Princeville Great Again," with emphasis placed on us," Jones said. "This is the first step in the process. We are bringing all people who care about the town of Princeville's history, the town of Princeville's Present, the town of Princeville's future together to brainstorm methods of making Princeville great again.

 The first meeting will be Jan. 4 for senior citizens and church leaders. On Jan. 11 business leaders, Jan. 18 children 5-12 years old and their parents, Jan. 25, town cleanup day, Feb. 8 youth 13-18 years old, Feb. 15, youth/adults 19-34 years old, Feb. 22 adults 35-64 year old. All the meetings will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the town hall.

Jones was sworn in Dec. 16 in front of a capacity filled board room. After he was given his Oath of Office, he received an arousing hand of applause. Jones replaces former Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates who served a rocky four year tenure. Her administration nearly crippled the town finances. Due to limited funds,  the Local Government Commission to takeover the town finances in 2011.

The takeover perhaps led to repeated backlash from the citizens to the administration. The citizens apparently grew weary of the three board members who were up for election Priscilla Everette-Oates, Commissioners Isabelle Purvis-Andrews and Calvin Sherrod. All three of them were ousted in the November election.

JoeRoam Myrick replaced Purvis-Andrews and Pamela Ransome replaced Calvin Sherrod. Ransome and Myrick also received arousing applause after they were sworn in.

Jones said the new commissioners as well as Commissioner Ann Howell and Gwen Knight have agreed to the strategic plan project.



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