Want to learn more about local government and how you can participate in it?
The city is offering a unique opportunity it is calling the Future Rhinelander Academy to teach residents how Rhinelander city government works.
Each session is tentatively scheduled to run 90 minutes. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays from Aug. 13 through Dec. 10. The application deadline is noon on July 19.
The academy was created by mayor Chris Frederickson and city administrator Daniel Guild as a way to "provide civic leadership training to citizens, taxpayers and volunteers" in how local government works, according to the application packet.
"The city is interested in developing a new generation of community leaders who either are currently, or who may be interested in one day serving on a board, commission, committee of local government or running for local public office," the packet's frequently asked questions (FAQs) page states.
"Through interactive dialogue, city leaders hope that the academy will harvest ideas and opinions from new voices on city policy initiatives, current operations and general quality of life and provide a behind the scenes look into the operation of the city's government," it continues.
The first class will be local government 101, followed by local governance, comprehensive planning, public participation, conduct of common council meetings, budgeting and financial oversight, administration/management/employees and running for local government office.
According to the application packet, participants must apply and be accepted into the program as space is limited. The packet states that "any citizen, employee, resident, taxpayer or community volunteer" can apply. If selected, participants must pay a $25 book and supplies fee and sign an agreement to attend all eight sessions.
This one of a handful of initiatives introduced by Frederickson. In addition to the academy, the city is working to create workgroups to allow citizens to provide input on a variety of topics. Those groups include a Business Leaders Roundtable, Housing & Neighborhoods Master Planning Workgroup and Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Planning Workgroup,
For more information on the Future Rhinelander Academy, contact Guild at 715-365-8600 or by email at email@example.com.
For information on the workgroups, contact the mayor at 715-365-8600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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