Not so concerned residents
Dobbins Heights Concerned Citizens group looking to gain members
Amanda Moss Staff Writer
DOBBINS HEIGHTS — The members of Dobbins Heights Concerned Citizens are starting to wonder if their fellow residents are, well, concerned.
Since the last meeting in November, the group sent out letters to various pastors in the community in order to gain interest from the residents in Dobbins Heights. They were expecting to see results from the letters at their meeting on Monday, but unfortunately it was pretty much the same people at the meeting, said Barbara Young, group treasurer.
“We need to see where our residents and citizens are,” Young said. “We need to see if they are interested in us remaining an organization.”
The discussion about whether or not to continue the organization began as the group was deciding who to nominate as vice president to replace Tyre’ Holloway. Holloway submitted his resignation Monday evening due to his new position as a member of Dobbins Heights Town Council. Ultimately there was no nomination during this meeting for the vice president position.
Ozie Felder, president, understood the concerns expressed but said they can move the town forward despite the low numbers.
“There is a great need here,” Felder said. “We need to go on and continue to do what we can.”
The members have been together for around three years, Felder said. Since it has began, the members have been trying to reach out to the residents in the area.
“We do what we can to assist the residents here and make the necessary connections to get them the help they need,” said Felder. “We help in the clean up effort every April to try and clean up areas around Dobbins Heights. We also pay particular attention to needy families during the holidays. We recently helped in getting a resident a ramp added onto his home to help him and his daughter with his limited mobility. We reached out to Habitat for Humanity to help with this.”
The group is aiming to get more of the younger generation involved with helping improve and carry the group forward. The current members represent mostly the older generation that are originally from Dobbins Heights, Young said.
Antonio Blue, Dobbins Heights mayor, agreed that the organization needed the addition of others from the community, but added that the group needed to “get out and go to the corner by people’s houses and tell them who you are and that you want them involved and why you want them involved.”
“They need to know the benefits of being part of the community,” Blue said.
While some were unsure as to the future of the group, most expressed hope that it will eventually grow into something that can really benefit the town of Dobbins Heights.
“We do get discouraged, but change doesn’t happen over night,” said Joe Young, a group member. “It takes time over the years and months and you simply have to work towards it. Many of the residents here don’t see the changes happening in the community, but we have had some changes. People have to understand that the change comes from the people themselves to help make this community a better place.”
Dobbins Heights Concerned Citizens meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Dobbins Heights Community Center, located at 195 Daniels St. in Dobbins Heights. All residents are encouraged to attend these meetings.
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