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Leon County Commissioners discuss plans to add more sidewalks, help homeless veterans

Posted at 5:18 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 17:25:44-05

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County Commissioners are focused on where the county is now and where things are headed.

One of the big talkers Monday night was where the county stands with making it easier to get walk around.

In 2017, the county outlined it's five year strategic plan with building more sidewalks at top of mind.

Monday, county leaders reflected on where they are now and how proud they are of how far they've come. For many people who work for the county and had a hand in this project, it's great to see all that's been accomplished.

"We've built more than 20 miles of sidewalks, greenways and trails," said Mathieu Cavell, the assistant to the county administrator. "That puts us very much on path of reaching our five year goal of building thirty miles so that people can get out and enjoy our community outdoors."

The county says feedback from the community has also had a big impact on the progress of the overall strategic plan.

Adding sidewalks was just one of the big goals for the county's five year plan. They also want to help veterans dealing with homelessness.

The hope is to help get treatment for veterans dealing with mental illnesses such as PTSD.

Shington Lamy oversees the county's human services and community partnerships. For him, this is a mission close to his heart.

"We weren't over there protecting our country -- they were," said Lamy. "So they have a unique issue that we need to figure out how we tailor it. That's why one of the things we want to do and I think that has been missing is, we want to bring in our veteran service organizations to have that conversation."

Lamy says Leon County is working with organizations such as the Big Bend Continuum of Care to find out what the county can do better to reduce homelessness for veterans.

The county is hoping to raise $100 million to help with veterans benefits by 2021, which is the end of the strategic plan.