Citizens University

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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 2018/2019 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 b/e 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.

CITIZENS UNIVERSITY APPLICATION

Curriculum:

The LCU will consist of 12 sessions over the course of nine months with a Graduation held at the May 6, 2019, City Council meeting.  Each session will be approximately 2.5 hour sessions and will begin on August 23, 2018. 

With the exception of the bus tour scheduled for September 20, 2018 @ 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.

 

Staff contact:  Julie Worster, City Secretary, Lewisville City Hall, PO Box 299002, Lewisville, Texas 75029.
972.219.3404 Office
972.219.3412 Fax
jworster@cityoflewisville.com email

 

Meeting dates:

Thursday, August 23, 2018
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018*
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Thursday January 24, 2019
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Tuesday, March 7, 2019
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Monday, May 6, 2019 - Graduation


Session 1 - Getting to Know Your City Government
City Hall – City Council Chambers (August 23, 2018)
  • 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 – Parks and Recreation
Municipal Annex - Community Room (September 6, 2018) 

  • Plans
  • Parks and Places
  • Programs
  • Park Fans
  • Park Professionals

Session 3 – Bus Tour
Municipal Annex – Front Parking Lot (September 20, 2018 @ 3 p.m.) 

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

Session 4 – Health/Animal Services
Animal Services– Railroad Park (October 4, 2018)

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

Session 5 – Planning and Development
City Hall - City Council Conference Room (October 25, 2018)

  • Planning and Development
    • Zoning
    • Comprehensive Planning
    • Development Review Committee
    • Boards and Commissions
      • Planning and Zoning Commission
      • Zoning Board of Adjustment
      • Old Town Development Review Committee 
  • Economic Development
    • Funding for Economic Development Activities
    • Strategic Areas
    • Strategic Plan
    • Development Tools and Resources
  • Session Wrap-Up 
Session 6 – Public Safety - Fire Department

Fire Department - Training Room (November 1, 2018) 

  • 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 6, 2018) 

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

Session 8 – General Administration
Lewisville City Hall - City Council Conference Room - (January 3, 2019)

  • 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
    • Capital Improvement Advisory Committee
    • Floodplain Management Role
  • Session Wrap-Up 

Session 9 – Neighborhood Services Department
Lewisville City Hall - City Council Conference Room - (January 24, 2019) 

  • Neighborhood Services
  • Sustainability
  • Community Grants Administration
    • Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee
  • Emergency Management
  • Building Inspections/Plan Review

Session 10 – Library/Municipal Court
Municipal Annex -  Court Room / Library (February 7, 2019)

  •  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 7, 2019)

  • Police Department
  • Citizens Police Academy
  • Technical Services

Session 12 - Public Services
Steven L. Bacchus Public Services Center, 1100 N Kealy Ave  (April 4, 2019)

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

Graduation - May 6, 2019
City Council Meeting

 

 

In order to graduate from the Lewisville Citizen's University, a student must not miss more than three sessions.