By ALEXANDER WILLIS
The town of Thompson’s Station continues to grow, nearly doubling its population in the last five years to around 5,000 residents, and has even been named as part of the single fastest growing area in the state. Public meetings have often become intense debates between town leaders, and so the Board of Mayor and Alderman (BOMA) have decided to launch “Breakfast with BOMA,” a community outreach event that invites residents to sit and talk with elected officials over coffee, at 9 a.m. this Saturday at Coffee & Coconuts
“It’s just an open table forum for residents to get to meet their BOMA representatives and talk about the town, where the future’s going [and] their concerns,” said Vice Mayor Brian Stover. “There’s no agenda – it could last 30 minutes, it could last three hours, you never know.”
For the first Breakfast with BOMA, residents will have the opportunity to sit down with Vice Mayor Stover, with future events featuring a singular elected official from the town’s BOMA.
The casual atmosphere of the event, Stover says, will allow for a more free-form discussion, allowing residents to ask any question or share any concern they can think of directly with the town’s elected officials. Stover said that listening to the community’s concerns is of the utmost importance, and arguably required to serve the town to the best of his ability.
“We want to hear the voice of the people that we represent,” Stover said. “Sometimes the decisions we make as a board aren’t very popular, and they need to understand why we make those decisions, what we’re doing and where we’re headed. I think it’s just important that we get out and talk to folks.”
The event begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and will be held at Coffee & Coconuts, located at 4000 Hughues Crossing Suite 120, Franklin, TN 37064.