What Are Some Ways That Your Local Government Is Communicating With You?
Let’s be honest, technology has played a huge role in increasing opportunities. Recently, a citizen said they felt that they were not being heard and that there is a communication gap that needs to be fixed. I decided to be proactive in sharing all the ways that we have currently communicated, as well as, reveal what are some new things that we are working towards in 2018.
Since May 2017, we have worked hard to give you more avenues to be heard. Some of them include:
1. 2nd Annual Citizen’s Survey that is currently going on. Where there is multiple places to comment in the online OR paper version.
2. Citizen Comments during Citizen Council Meetings are available to speak.
3. There is opportunities for ANY Citizen to present solutions to the City Council as a discussion and action item to be considered on future City Council Agendas. This is where you can engage with the City Council during City Council Meetings.
4. Each of the Council Members have email.
5. There are eblasts that anyone can sign up to receive. Here is the link for your convenience: Sign Up For Notifications
6. Council Members and City Staff are available to meet at City Hall or other locations. (Keep in mind that you may meet with 3, but that would have to include the Mayor. Or with 2 members. Or with one member. Scheduling can be an issue with some members.)
7. Council Members are available to do video conferencing. (This is one of the new and cost effective opportunities that I have suggested to improve on communication. It’s a virtual meeting where we can see each other face to face.)
8. There is a City website to obtain information or to send information through. (I’m personally working on another version which will be soon presented to the City Council for approval to launch. For now, there are places in the website where you can report a code violation and contact anyone in the administration.)
9. Council Members (current) are reaching out to a variety of people on varying subject matters on many platforms.
11. Citizens and Non Citizens still write letters or invitations. We love receiving mail. I wish I had the time to do more personalized handwritten notes. And I love to receive invitations to come to events.
12. Community Events. We hosted a Christmas Tree Lighting, a HOA Leadership Meeting in July 2017, Citizen of the Year Award. In the future we are hoping to have a committee just for organizing an upcoming City’s 50th Birthday. There will be a dedication ceremony for the Veteran’s Memorial Monument.
13. Social Media Opportunities (Motivational Monday Quote Challenge, March Madness Contest, Local Business Highlights and so much more with Phase 2 website.)
14. Upcoming Coffee Chats in February 2018. Your Council Members and Mayor will be available at the City Hall to have a morning brew to discuss ideas and concerns with Citizens.
15. FB Live Broadcasts on the City Fan Page (Primarily with Council Member Adrienne Balkum.)
16. Future Townhall Meeting to listen, learn, ask questions to the presenter(s) and vote for your preferred feasibility plan related to Public Safety.