All residents, businesses, and other stakeholders in the city of Walker are invited to offer ideas and express their ambitions for the city’s future at a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 28 in the fellowship hall of the Walker Baptist Church, 10696 Florida Blvd., Walker.

The city has arranged the meeting as an early step in preparing its long-range plan. The strategy — known as “Blueprint of a City” — will guide the future decisions of the mayor and the council regarding the types, patterns and directions of future growth; the location and timing of annexation; needed water, wastewater and drainage improvements; and quality of life enhancements like parks, sidewalks and community beautification.

The plan will run through 2030. The evening will be devoted to receiving citizen comments regarding future land use; community growth and infrastructure; transportation improvements; and community character, beautification and amenities. Participants will be asked to consider such questions as:

 How much and where should Walker grow?

 How do residents preserve the uniqueness and valued small-town atmosphere?

 What street and other infrastructure improvements are needed?

 Are new parks, trails and green spaces desired, and where?

Denham Springs website

Building on Denham Springs’ history with economic growth as a catalyst, the city recently launched http://CityofDenhamSprings.

com. The site gives quick access to the most-used city services, such as departments, calendar and City Council information.

The city publishes “At Your Service,” a monthly digital newsletter promoting accurate information about city specific topics. Visitors to the city website can subscribe from a link on the homepage. The city also is communicating via Facebook and Twitter.

The latest communication tool from the city of Denham Springs is a custom QR code. A specific matrix barcode that is readable by smart phones, the QR code graphic is one of the most-popular types of two-dimension bar codes. QR codes are used to quickly display text, contact information, connect to a wireless network or open a web page.

The city of Denham Springs’ QR code graphic hard links users to the city’s website, http://CityofDenhamSprings.com.

American flag

Seventh Ward Elementary will have a new American Flag next fall, thanks to the generosity of one of its students. Fifth-grader Madison Kron used money in her piggy bank, $40, to purchase a new flag and give it to her school. Madison presented it to the school’s crossing guard Katy Wells in May.

Madison and two fellow Girl Scouts were responsible for raising and lowering the flag throughout last school year, and in that capacity, Madison noticed that the school’s flag was worn and decided to replace it.

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