Citizens University

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City of Lewisville Citizens University (LCU) Overview

Objective:

Familiarize citizens with the structure, functions and activities of City of Lewisville government, encourage citizens to become involved in the City’s government, and enhance their ability to communicate effectively with City officials.

Citizens will be invited to participate in the 2016/2017 Lewisville Citizens University. They will acquire a better understanding of their City government and services as well as intergovernmental relationship. City official’s will, in turn, gain valuable insights into citizens’ priorities and needs from their involvement.

Benefits: 
  • Create a cadre of informed citizens who will be better able to become involved in community activities, will volunteer for Council-appointed boards, commissions, committees, and task forces or will otherwise become involved in the City’s governance.
  • Provide an opportunity for citizens to learn about the City of Lewisville government through first-hand experience and gain exposure to the wide range of City services, functions, activities and issues.
  • Obtain feedback from citizens regarding governmental programs and services.

Class Size:

Classes are limited to 15-20 students. The Citizens University is open to City residents.

Participant Requirements:

Applicants must:

  • Be registered voters within the City of Lewisville.
  • Have been a resident for at least one year.
  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Must not be running for local political office during class time.

Curriculum:

The LCU will consist of 2.5 hour sessions once a month on the 3rd Thursday* for nine months. Graduation will be held at the May 1, 2017 City Council meeting. 

With the exception of the bus tour scheduled for September 22, 2016 @ 3 p.m., each session will begin at 6 p.m. and end at approximately 8:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be provided.  Please note the various locations.


Meeting dates:


Thursday, August 18, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016*
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Tuesday, March 16, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017

Staff contact:
Julie Heinze, City Secretary
Lewisville City Hall
PO Box 299002
Lewisville, Texas 75029
Office 972.219.3404
Fax – 972.219.3412
jheinze@cityoflewisville.com


Session 1 - Getting to Know Your City Government
City Hall – City Council Chambers (August 18, 2016)
  • Meet the Mayor and City Manager
  • Purpose of the Citizens University
  • Brief History of COL
  • Demographics of COL
  • Council / Manager Form of Government
    • Form of Government
    • Council Terms, Pay, Duties . . .
    • Overview of City Organization
    • Legislative Issues
  • Council-Appointed Boards and Commissions (brief introduction with more detail at appropriate session)
  • Tour of City Hall

Session 2 – Leisure and Recreation
Municipal Annex - Community Room (September 15, 2016) 

  • Leisure and Recreation
    • Park Board
    • Recreation Programs: Youth, Adults; Seniors
    • Parks and Other Facilities Special Events

Session 3 – Bus Tour
Municipal Annex – Front Parking Lot (September 22, 2016 @ 3 p.m.) 

  • Fire Department Training
  • Police Department Shooting Range
  • Railroad Park 

Session 4 – Animal Services/Code Enforcement
Animal Services– Railroad Park (October 13, 2016)

  • Animal Services
    • Animal Services Advisory Committee
    • Shelter and Adoption Center
  • Health and Code
    • Health and Food Safety
    • Code Enforcement Neighborhood Services 
  • Tour of Animal Shelter

Session 5 – Public Safety - Fire Department
Fire Department - Training Room (November 17, 2016) 

  • Fire Department
  • Citizens Fire Academy
  • Session Wrap-Up
  • Tour (Central Fire Station)

Session 6 – General Administration
MCL Grand Theatre - (December 15, 2016)

  • Human Resources
    • Municipal HR 101 (Address nuances of public sector employment)
    • Core Values
    • Property and Liability Claims Management
    • Safety and Loss-Control Programs 
  • Finance & Budget
    • Municipal Finance 101
    • Purchasing (unique, bids, fairness, etc.)
    • Key Revenues
    • Budget Process
    • Public Budget v. Private Budget
  • Arts/Tourism
  • Tour of MCL Grand  

Session 7 – Planning and Development
City Hall - City Council Conference Room (January 19, 2017)

  • Planning and Development
    • Zoning
    • Comprehensive
    • Building Inspections
    • Development Review Committee
    • Boards and Commissions
      • Planning and Zoning Commission
      • Zoning Board of Adjustment
      • Gas and Oil Advisory Board 
  • Economic Development
    • Funding for Economic Development Activities
    • Strategic Areas
    • Strategic Plan
    • Development Tools and Resources 
  • Session Wrap-Up 

Session 8 – Municipal Court/Library
Municipal Annex -  Court Room / Library (February 16, 2017)

  • Municipal Court
    • Municipal Court 101
    • Teen Court 
    • Jury Duty
  • Library
    • Library Board
    • Library Services
    • Session Wrap up
    • Library Tour

Session 9 – Public Safety - Police Department
Police Department - Training Room (March 16, 2017)

  • Police Department
  • Citizens Police Academy
  • Emergency Management

Session 10 - Public Works/Engineering
City Hall - City Council Conference Room (April 20, 2017)

  • Public Works / Engineering / Sustainability
    • Capital Improvement Advisory Committee
    • Capital Projects
    • Preventative Street Maintenance Program
    • Transportation Management
    • Storm Water Management
    • Water and Sewer Service
    • Floodplain Management Role
    • City Franchises (include garbage collection here)
    • Sustainability Program

Graduation - May 1, 2017
City Council Meeting

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