Rep. Chuck Fleischmann hosted a Hamilton County roundtable Tuesday for mayors and leaders of Chattanooga, Hamilton County and other municipalities in the area.
The meeting was one of several hosted by the congressman across the 3rd District during recent congressional recesses.
The majority of the meeting, which took place in the EPB boardroom, was closed to the press.
Leaders who participated in the gathering were Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger, Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, Collegedale Mayor John Turner, Lakesite Mayor Ken Wilkerson, East Ridge Mayor Brent Lambert, Lookout Mountain Mayor Carol Mutter, Ridgeside Mayor Candy Poole, Soddy-Daisy Mayor Janice Cagle, Signal Mountain Mayor Bill Lusk and Walden Mayor David Epperson.
Following the meeting, Fleischmann said he scheduled the gathering with the intent of listening to the concerns of local leaders and heeding how the federal government could play a role in possible solutions to issues facing the area.
“I think the role of a representative government should be a congressman coming and listening to local mayors and elected officials as to their concerns,” Fleischmann said. “I have reached out to Tennesseans in all of the 11 counties in my district for solutions, and I want to listen to their concerns. We’re in a time right now of federal deficit, we’ve got a lot of national debt and municipalities are getting squeezed.”
The congressman said infrastructure was a primary concern brought to his attention by leaders across the district.
At the meeting’s close, Coppinger suggested the group gather more often to discuss and listen to concerns and priorities of elected officials in the region.
“We ought to do this more often,” Coppinger said.
Staffers for Fleischmann said the congressman would travel to Union and Anderson counties to hold similar meetings on Wednesday, with additional meetings taking place with leaders in Bradley and Polk counties on Thursday.
Updated @ 8:26 a.m.on 2/20/13 to correct a typographical error.