Visionary program ready to launch

By Bonnie Culverhouse

City of Minden is ready for step 2 in a Strategic Planning Program envisioning great things for the community’s future.

Recently, Mayor Nick Cox and councilmen Buddy Myles and Andy Pendergrass learned of a program with Delta Regional Authority (DRA). The City applied for and received grant funds for $135,000 to cover planning for the project.

The public is invited to any of three visionary planning meetings set for next week where attendees will have the opportunity to question DRA representatives, City officials and add their own visions for Minden.

The first two are scheduled for 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. The final meeting is 8:30 until 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27.

“I wanted to have these meetings in different parts of the community,” Cox said. “But we were told that for part of these meetings we need to have internet connection and Zoom abilities. Those are requirements.

“The original plan was to have them at Ewell Park, the Minden Community House and maybe a church,” he added. “None of those places are equipped, so we are beginning with the Pelican Conference Room at City Hall. If needed, we will add chairs or move the meetings to the (Minden) Civic Center.”

The meetings are scheduled close together because they are preliminary.

“This whole process will take a year,” Cox said. “People are flying in from different places around the country to help us conduct them, so while they are here, we are doing them all.”