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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 are encouraged to apply for the 2017/2018 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 12 sessions over the course of nine months with a Graduation held at the May 7, 2018, City Council meeting.  Each session will be approximately 2.5 hour sessions and will begin on August 3, 2017. 

With the exception of the bus tour scheduled for September 21, 2017 @ 3 p.m., each session will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at approximately 8:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be provided.  Please note the various locations.

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

 

Meeting dates:

Thursday, August 3, 2017
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017*
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Thursday January 25, 2018
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Tuesday, March 1, 2018
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Monday, May 7, 2018 - Graduation


Session 1 - Getting to Know Your City Government
City Hall – City Council Chambers (August 3, 2017)
  • 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 – Planning and Development
City Hall - City Council Conference Room (August 24, 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
  • Building Inspections/Plan Review
  • Session Wrap-Up 

Session 3 – Leisure and Recreation
Municipal Annex - Community Room (September 7, 2017) 

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

Session 4 – Bus Tour
Municipal Annex – Front Parking Lot (September 21, 2017 @ 3 p.m.) 

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

Session 5 – Animal Services/Code Enforcement
Animal Services– Railroad Park (October 5, 2017)

  • Health
  • Animal Services
    • Animal Services Advisory Committee
    • Shelter and Adoption Center
  • Tour of Animal Shelter

Session 6 – Public Safety - Fire Department
Fire Department - Training Room (November 2, 2017) 

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

Session 7 – Communications, Relations, Tourism, and Arts
  MCL Grand Theatre - (December 7, 2017) 

  • Public Communication
  • Special Events
  • Tourism
  • Arts
  • Legislative Affairs
  • Session Wrap Up

Session 8 – General Administration
  Lewisville City Hall - City Council Conference Room - (January 4, 2018)

  • 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
  • Engineering
    • Transportation Management/Transportation Board
  • Session Wrap-Up 

Session 9 – Neighborhood Services Department
  Lewisville City Hall - City Council Conference Room - (January 25, 2018) 

  • Neighborhood Services
  • Sustainability
  • Community Grants Administration
    • Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee
  • Emergency Management

Session 10 – Municipal Court/Library
Municipal Annex -  Court Room / Library (February 1, 2018)

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

Session 11 – Public Safety - Police Department
Police Department - Training Room (March 1, 2018)

  • Police Department
  • Citizens Police Academy
  • Emergency Management

Session 12 - Public Works
City Hall - City Council Conference Room (April 5, 2018)

  • Public Works
    • Capital Improvement Advisory Committee
    • Capital Projects
    • Preventative Street Maintenance Program
    • Storm Water Management
    • Water and Sewer Service
    • Floodplain Management Role
    • Water Treatment Plan / Wastewater Plant - Tour

Graduation - May 7, 2018
City Council Meeting

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