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City leaders to answer questions at Bay City town hall meeting

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(01/28/13) - From changes to the way public safety operates, to a huge development by the river, everything will be on the table Monday night in Bay City.

For the third year, the 'City by the Bay' is hosting a special finance and policy meeting at the State Theatre. That site will allow more people to attend.

The format is a town hall-style meeting - that means community members will play a larger role.

"In the regular meetings, I tend to think that people just come for the items that are on the agenda, you know, maybe if it's a road project, something that's specific to them in their neighborhood. This is more of the city as a whole. So I would hope that they would come just to participate and hear the good things that we've done this past year," said Dana Muscott, Deputy City Manager.

Muscott says there is a lot to talk about.

Two big projects will be highlighted - the redevelopment called 'Uptown at RiversEdge', and the future of what used to be the Mill End store. Both are expected to give the local economy a nice boost.

Also on the agenda - public safety.

Right now, Bay City police officers are cross-training to become firefighters as well. That's expected to save the city money moving toward the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. Training has to be completed by then.

Muscott also says city leaders will talk about some financial practices.

The audit from last year's balanced budget just came back, and the city is being applauded for 'excellence in financial reporting'.

The town hall meeting starts at 6 p.m. You're encouraged to ask questions. City commissioners and other city leaders will be on-hand to answer.

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