A Thayer resident has organized a town hall meeting he hopes will enlighten citizens as to what their government is doing.
Missouri Sen. Chuck Purguson, Rep. Steve Cookson, Oregon County Presiding Commissioner Patrick Ledgerwood, former State Treasurer Wendell Bailey and Doreen Hannes of the Ozarks Property Rights Congress are slated to attend the 7 p.m. July 1 meeting in Thayer.
Organizer Gene Boren said he organized the meeting to give people an opportunity to talk directly with government representatives.
"This will be input from the county and state, and not just a bunch of talking back and forth between people," Boren said.
Boren, who was instrumental in the city of Thayer receiving a $368,000 grant for downtown sidewalk upgrades in the late 1990s, said it's time for citizens to learn "how good or how bad of shape" the country is in.
Boren said he has several concerns about the current economy, such as how many senior citizens are living on less than $12,000 a year, and how little law enforcement officers are paid for the dangerous job they perform.
"How would you like to be a police officer making $25,000 a year and try to stop a drug bust knowing you could get shot to death?" Boren asked.
Boren said he also is worried about longstanding local businesses closing their doors permanently because they can no longer afford to be open.
The free meeting is open to the public and will be conducted as a question and answer questions.
"We want everyone to come," Boren said.
The meeting will be at the Oregon County Country Music Theater at Fifth and Walnut streets in Thayer. For information, call Boren at 417-264-2148.