Gatlinburg City leaders shared a message of hope and progress during Tuesday night's city commission meeting.
"We just want people to just have that feeling that this is a family community, it's a family county, family city and everyone needs to join together and to work through this," said Mayor Mike Werner.
While some people affected by last November's deadly fires continue to demand answers from city leaders, many are thankful for the city's progress to help people rebuild.
"I hope that in the future that we all can work together," Dinah Bays said during the public comment period.
Bays is one of many people affected by the devastating wildfires who has attended the last several meetings and asked the council specific questions regarding response and recovery.
"A lot of the answers takes a little time to formulate and come up with but we have responded in writing and we are open in whatever we can do to make the future better for everybody," Werner said.
He was pleased with how the meeting went, overall.
"They want to move forward they want to go on, it's a time for healing recovery rebuilding, you see a lot of people rebuilding," he added.
A large portion of the rebuilding efforts is supported by the Mountain Tough Recovery Project which plans on rebuilding six homes in six months.
"We are here, we want to help you. We want to be the face of recovery for the city and county," said the team's Secretary Jackie Leatherwood.
The Mountain Tough Recovery Team hopes to help rebuild a total of 30 homes.
The council also voted to move forward with an agreement to hire a consulting firm to conduct a fire action review related to the fires. The review will give them perspective on their response, issues encountered and lessons learned.
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