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Members of the Gentry City Council who serve on the Economic Development Committee heard on July 24 a summation of surveys recently solicited from city residents to give direction to the council and chamber of commerce as they seek to improve city services and build up and attract businesses. Overall, the surveys revealed that the council and chamber are on track in their direction, already working to correct areas of citizen concern and already seeking to make improvements in areas survey takers saw needing improvement. Though a common thread in the surveys was that Gentry’s biggest asset is its rural, small-town atmosphere, survey takers also said they hoped to see the city gain new businesses, add more jobs and build an aquatic park. Among other surveytaker desires were cleaning up the city and dealing with unsightly properties, revitalizing neighborhoods within the city, improving schools, sidewalks and streets, and adding railroad crossings for pedestrians. “The survey tells us we’re on track wi

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