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Frayser residents choose neighborhood council

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(WMC-TV) - An historic election was held in the Frayser community today.

A new board, similar to a city council, will work with residents to shape the future of their community.

"From block to block we're cleaning up Frayser, that's our job," said Peggy Alexander of the Frayser Community Development Center.

And that is the reason so many people gathered to vote in Frayser Saturday afternoon.

"I believe the voting was most definitely needed.," Alexander added.

Frayser was selected to participate in a federally funded "Building Neighborhood Capacities Program" as part of President Obama's Buildng Neighborhoods Initiative.

Eight neighborhoods in four cities were chosen.

Saturday, anyone living in the 38127 zip code, voted for their own council.

"It was open to anyone who lives, works, worships or owns property in Frayser to come out and be a part of it," Alexander said.

Anyone over 16 was eligible to vote.

Dozens of names were on the ballot -- dozens eager to help revitalize the neighborhood.

"I think the voting just really meant a lot because you're going to have so many different people coming on board that we already had," Alexander said. "but we need this for Frayser."

Once elected, the 15 member board will help decide where the funding will go and how it will help the neighborhood -- giving everyone a chance to come together with a common goal in mind.

"It's great for the neighborhood," said Frayser resident Therise Brown. "It will help improve the appearance of the neighborhoods and it will help improve the area. People will want to come to Frayser and live."

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