ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — The city of Arab invited community members to sit down with city leaders to discuss a range of topics – from the city’s growth to infrastructure needs.

The meeting gave residents an opportunity to voice their opinions on what direction they would like to see the city move in. David Dunn was one of those residents.

“[It gave us a chance to be] able to come up with a form of identity for the city; having goals where we can improve our infrastructure,” Dunn said.

Bob Joslin, Arab City Mayor, said the community’s voices being heard was crucial to addressing the town’s growth.

“In order to accommodate all those people,” explained Joslin, “we have to upgrade our infrastructure to make that happen. So we’re working diligently to make that happen…it just takes the input of everyone in town.”

While the meeting consisted of conversations between residents and city leaders, Mayor Joslin says these sorts of meetings are important to get the community involved.