'Waxahachie 101' accepting applications
WAXAHACHIE - The city of Waxahachie is now registering participants for the "Waxahachie 101" educational program for residents.
"I have already 24 people registered so I will only be accepting a handful more registrants," said Public Relations Director Amy Hollywood at the Monday, Dec.6 regular council meeting.
The 12-month long program will provide participants a general overview of city operations, visiting a different city department each month.
The "Waxahachie 101" program was developed in 2009 to promote a better understanding of local city government.
The purpose is to help residents gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of city council and city staff and become more aware of the departments, programs and activities.
This will be the third year for the program.
"The goal of this course is to provide our residents with an outlet to learn more about the basic operations of the city. Waxahachie 101 will give participants an insider’s view of each department, as well as a better understanding of city government," said Hollywood.
The only requirements to participate in the year long program are participants be 21 years of age or older, reside in Ellis County and be able to attend meetings on a regular basis.
The class is limited to 25 participants, and registration will be on a first come, first served basis.
The meetings will be held the first Thursday of each month, in the mornings, and a light breakfast will be provided.
The sessions will begin in January and run through December.
The December meeting will be a "graduation" and appreciation luncheon.
The monthly topics covered will be:
January – General City Overview
February – Finance, Human Resources
March – Public Works, GIS, Environmental Health
April – Parks & Recreation, Senior Citizens Center
May – Police Department
June – Civic Center & Sports Complex
July – Economic Development
August – Basics of Planning and Zoning
September – Water and Utilities Department
October – Fire Department
November – Community Relations, Downtown Development
December – Appreciation Luncheon
For questions about the program, or to register, please contact Amy Hollywood, Community Relations Manager, at 972-937-7330, ext. 284, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also register in person at city hall, 401 South Rogers Street.