Garden City is seeking applications for a new round of the Citizens Academy.
Running from March 5 to May 5, 2015, the Citizens Academy is a nine-week program to teach interested residents about various aspects of local government. It provides an interactive way to learn about city government, and gives participants insight into how city departments operate.
Those interested need to fill out an application and be willing to commit to attending all of the classes. Applications are available at the city administration offices on the second floor of the City Administrative Building, 301 N. Eighth St. The application is also available online on the city’s website at www.garden-city.org. Look under “Residents,” then “Document Center,” and the “Administration” folder.
The deadline to submit applications is Feb. 25. Selected class participants will be notified by Feb. 27.
Contact Ashley Freburg, communication specialist, at 276-1166, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
The class schedule includes:
March 5: Large meeting room at the City Administrative Center. The class will include a welcome by the mayor and programs from the city manager, finance department, clerk’s office, human resources and CIP.
March 12: Meet on the lower level of the Law Enforcement Center. The program will be presented by the Garden City Police Department, Municipal Court and Garden City Fire Department.
March 19: USD 457 Spring Break – No class scheduled.
March 26: ARFF Station at the Garden City Regional Airport. The program will be presented by the airport, City Link bus service, and the traffic and street departments.
April 2: Large meeting room at the City Administrative Center. The program will be presented by cemetery staff, and the GIS, information technology, engineering, and planning and community development departments.
April 9: Garden City Recreation Center or at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course. The program will be presented by Buffalo Dunes Golf Course staff and the parks and recreation departments.
April 16: Electric Service Center. Programs presented by electric, water, waste water, public works, recycling and solid waste departments.
April 23: Lee Richardson Zoo. (Starting time is 4 p.m.).
April 30: Large meeting room at the City Administrative Center. The events will include dinner and graduation. Citizens Academy alumni are invited to dinner, along with graduates and their guests.
May 5: Recognition at Garden City Commission meeting.
The class meets on from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, however, the program will run from 4 to 6 p.m. April 23. The May 5 meeting will be during the 1 p.m. city commission meeting.
The minimum class size is 10 people, with a 24-person maximum.