Panama City Commissioner Jenna Haligas holds town hall meeting
More than a dozen locals spoke with Panama City Commissioner Jenna Haligas and other city officials about hurricane recovery efforts during a town hall meeting Wednesday.
"We're in a bad situation and it's everywhere they look they're finding something else and trying everything that can to get us back to where we need to be,” Panama City resident, Lesley Fontaine said.
Locals asked questions about the recovery of the Mckenzie House, Panama City Marina, city utilities and the quality of the water.
"As we're testing we're doing really good. We're having a lot less of the boiling water notices so we feel like we're making some good progress,” Panama City Commissioner, Jenna Haligas said.
Locals learned about the progress the city has made with repairs to local parks, roadways and infrastructure.
"I'm really concerned about our lift stations, our sewer stations, our water lines. Our roads are in terrible condition.” Fontaine said.
Haligas said all of the 121 damaged lift stations have been repaired and they have more plans to improve their infrastructure.
"We already signed off and have a contract to assess all of the water lines, sewer lines and lift stations in the city, so that we can start planning for the future,” Haligas said.
Haligas said they also have renewal plans in place to maintain the infrastructure over the years.
City officials also say they're working to add more law enforcement officers to the city because their numbers are down despite the low presence, the crime rate has gone down in the city since the storm.
Officials shared their plans to improve the quality of life in downtown Panama City, Millville and other areas around the city.