Community forum set for Gustine residents

rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.comSeptember 26, 2013 

— Gustine residents will get the chance to meet city, county and state officials and have their questions answered during a community resources forum on Wednesday.

Merced County District 4 Supervisor Deidre Kelsey, chairwoman of the board, will be hosting the first-of-its-kind forum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Al Goman Community Center on 745 Linden Ave.

Kelsey said officials from the Gustine Unified School District will be present, as well as city staff and county officials from various departments such as fire, sheriff’s, probation and animal control.

“Gustine is an isolated city and the only city in my district, so the county is the go-to when it comes to providing governmental services,” Kelsey said. “I think people will really appreciate the fact that we are coming to their community and that we’re willing to take questions and provide answers.”

Kelsey said the forum will begin with an introduction of each department and what they’re responsible for. Staff will be available to take questions one-on-one and will follow up with residents if they do not have the answer at the moment.

The event is the first ever for Gustine, Kelsey said, and might be an annual tradition depending on the turnout.

“Gustine is an important part of Merced County, and just because they are an outlying community, doesn’t mean we’re not there to serve their needs,” Kelsey said.

Sun-Star staff writer Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.com.

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