CLEAR Plan 2030 is the project that conducted a series of surveys and meetings throughout a 10-county region of East Alabama to find out how residents feel about their communities and what they would like to improve. The overall goal is to improve livability and quality of life within the region.
On Monday the group held its Capstone Conversation for the entire region to summarize the findings and present interim goals for moving forward based on what citizens of the region had said is important to them.
Five Randolph Countians were among those at the Anniston City Meeting Center Monday night to hear the presentations. Among them were the executive director of the Randoph County Chamber of Commerce and the former executive director of the Randolph County Economic Development Authority.
Notably absent were any elected officials from Randolph County, although state Sen. Gerald Dial did send a letter expressing his regrets at not being able to attend. No other municipal, county or state level officials who we elected to represent our interests even acknowledged the meeting was taking place.
What was presented was what citizens have said is important to them, and those who have put in their time with CLEAR Plan 2030 to gather and analyze this situation were there to provide information and answers.
None of our representatives were there to ask the questions.
This is something all elected officials, and all candidates for elected office, should be involved with. Having missed the presentations, they can still try to get up to speed by visiting the organization's website at clearplan2030.
org. Still, it's no substitute for being there.