LONGVIEW ( KYTX) - District 2 council member Nona Snoddy addressed some resident concerns at Thursday night's town hall meeting in Southwest Longview.

"It's going to be safety within our community, it's going to be economic development within our community," said Snoddy.

Marolen Mitchell lives in Longview. She said Longview's problem is obvious.

"The recent arsons, 15 murders last year, we have gangs, high incidents of drugs, and that's not a white problem or a black problem, it's a Longview problem," she said.

On economic development front, some were concerned about a recent ordinance passed in the city that puts restrictions on credit access businesses, like payday and car title loans.

Jay Pruett with Texas Star Title and Loan said this will affect his customers.

"It's going to drive people to borrow from one or two or more places, so people are going to have three loans out there," said Pruett.

Law enforcement was also there. Jeff Hall with Longview police encouraged people to get involved in the community.

"We would always encourage residents to create a crime watch group, to meet and talk, to let their neighbors know if they see something suspicious," said Hall.


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