The City of Santa Maria held a community meeting Monday night to discuss concerns from residents who lives in neighborhoods in the northeast part of town.
Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino and other city staff members shared what highlights were added to municipal services before opening up the floor to residents to ask questions about the long-standing issues they see in their neighborhoods.
Officials were also on hand to talk about the new city budget and the Measure U funding for the community.
They believe the meeting was the perfect opportunity to hear from residents and understand the problems they may be facing where they live.
“It’s great to be able to hear the concerns of what the public are and hear what their issues and thoughts and visions are for Santa Maria. It's important to hear those, so we can be responsive to them and interact with the public and be able to move forward in the way we want to make this community,” said Jason Stilwell, manager of the City of Santa Maria.
Residents were also encouraged to talk to local organizations during the meeting.
The City of Santa Maria accepts additional complaints or comments through its website.