Citizens Academy will begin Feb. 16

The city of Vermillion is starting a Citizens Academy for all Vermillion residents over the age of 18. The Citizens Academy is a free, hands-on, interactive public information program that allows citizens an insight into city services and the functions of city departments.

The purpose of the Citizens Academy is to familiarize citizens in the community with the city of Vermillion's government. The program will include the function of city departments, explain the relationship between the city council, planning commission and city administration, allow an overview of the budgetary process and it will provide an outlet for citizen input.

All participants interested in the Citizens Academy are encouraged to attend all of the sessions in order to get the most from the program. All sessions, unless otherwise noted, start at 5 p.m. and will meet at City Hall on Feb. 16, Feb. 23, March 2, March 16, March 23, and March 29. During the course, several sessions will meet away from City Hall at different department sites.

The Citizens Academy is a hands-on experience that will allow Vermillion residents to get a behind the scenes look of how your city government operates. The class will graduate with a certificate in "Governmentology" and a key to the city at the end of the last session.  If you or someone you know is interested in this program, please contact Evie Johnson, public relations and education coordinator at 605-677-7159 or eviej@cityofvermillion.com

Sessions

The Foundation of Your
City Government
Introduction to the class, city government, and the finances of the city.  Come meet the City Council members and take a tour of City Hall.

The Business of Water
There are more than 4000 residential, commercial, and industrial connections to the City's water and sewer system.  All water from the faucets, drains, and flushes come from somewhere and go somewhere.  Learn about where that somewhere is and how we get clean water to the places you need it most!

The Landfill: The You'll Never
 Call it a "Dump" Again Tour
and the Recycling Loop
The sanitary landfill of today is not the dump of previous generations. Come learn how the landfill operates and see what stuff we are keeping out of the landfill because of recycling.

Emergency Services –
In the Line of Duty
Overview of VPD, fire department, and EMS.

Potholes, Pavement,
 and Streetlights
Building and maintaining streets, drainage issues, traffic flow and the street lights that light your path.

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