Jo Ann Emerson to hold town hall on Park Service issues
Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson (8th District) will be holding a town hall meeting to discuss National Park Service issues this Saturday, February 25 from noon to 2 p.m. at the River Centre at The Landing in Van Buren.
By Jo Schaper
With the public release of the draft General Management Plan pending in the near future, the focus of the meeting will be on making sure “the local folks are engaged and aware of what is happening in regards to this issue,” said Emerson spokesman Darren Lingle of her Cape Girardeau office.
“Two years ago when this all started, the local people came together to discuss this,” he said. “We sort of see this as our answer to the petitions from people out of Springfield and St. Louis. With the General Management Plan pending and no permanent superintendent in place, we want the people of the district to have their input as well. We think this is the ideal time to do this.”Lingle said that food will be served at noon, with the program following. The agenda includes remarks from Emerson, several county commissioners, river concessionaires, and a spokesman from the Voice of the Ozarks. They will also provide comment cards so that Emerson can convey the wishes and ideas of her constituents to Park Service officials.
“We deal with Park Service issues every day, and this is just one more way for the local folk to have their voices heard. We expect this to be a laid back opportunity for people to talk with Jo Ann and express their views,” he said.
According to an ad placed in the Current Wave, this gathering is being billed as a property rights meeting.
(Thanks to Ray Mallinckrodt, Jim Anderson and John Mark Brewer for bringing this to our attention.)