Temple Terrace leaders to meet in Orange River Estates
TEMPLE TERRACE Mayor Frank Chillura and Temple Terrace City Council members are taking a road trip to Orange River Estates off Harney Road next week. The board will hold a town hall-style meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Orange River Estates Clubhouse, 7620 Wakulla Drive. The event is scheduled to end about 7:30 p.m. The elected officials want to hear directly from residents about issues of concern in the neighborhood east of the Hillsborough River, city spokesman Michael Dunn said. They will be accompanied by members of the city staff, including department managers, who can answer questions about city services and operations. It will mark the city’s first town hall-style meeting of the year.Each year, the city’s mayor and city council members attempt to hold a series of community meetings in various parts of the city. They are held periodically to give residents a chance to meet with elected officials and city staff members in a casual setting, Dunn said. Residents typically will take the opportunity at community meetings to ask questions on city matters, share experiences, express concerns and complaints, or offer suggestions for improving municipal services. Chief among the issues likely to be addressed is the future of the downtown redevelopment district project, which has been at a standstill since March 2012. Chillura said this week a team of city officials, which includes the mayor, new City Manager Gerald Seeber and City Attorney Mark Connolly, is hoping to schedule a meeting with Vlass Temple Terrace representatives in early June to discuss the next step for the $150 million town center project. For information about the Orange River Estates community meeting or one in your Temple Terrace neighborhood, contact the city clerk’s office at (813) 506-6440.