Four Quincy community leaders spoke Wednesday about the goals and progress of their individual agencies.

About 20 local residents gathered at Faith Community Church for a town hall meeting. The four speakers included Police Chief Kieth Siebert, school district Superintendent John Boyd, City Administrator Pat Haley, and medical center CEO Glenda Bishop. Each speaker presented for about 15 minutes detailing events from the previous year and what their respective organizations are looking to accomplish in 2020.

Those in attendance included school board members Jack Foglesong and Chris Baumgartner, along with Police Captain Ryan Green and city council member Andrew Royer, among others.

After the presentations concluded, the audience was invited to ask questions.

One person asked Boyd about the school district’s cellphone policy in schools. Boyd said that the students in elementary school and middle school are required to have their devices put away. However, there is no specific policy for use for high school students. Cellphone use in the classroom is subject to the teacher’s discretion.

Another audience member asked Haley about the city’s continued growth. Haley said that data centers will continue to expand as long as power is available, adding, “we’re optimistic that it’s not going to slow down, but at the same time, we have limitations.”

Another subject of interest was plans for a recreation center in the future. Haley said the area of parks and recreation is the city’s next focus, adding that money has been set aside in the budget.

“I would imagine that within the year or so that we’re going to have some definite plans, maybe even some construction of some types of facilities,” Haley said.

By Miles King,

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