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JANUARY 2009

1/4/09
A new year suggests a new commitment to making changes for the better in our lives. This new year LWV suggests a resolve for each one of us to participate more in government. Attend a meeting of local elected officials; attend a public hearing; volunteer to serve on one of the citizen boards in local municipal or county governments; visit a public school; spend a Tuesday morning in District Court; make a statement during a public meeting. These are actions that will increase a citizen’s knowledge. We can allow government to operate in a vacuum or we can resolve to participate. It’s our government, our choice.


1/11/09
Being an informed citizen involves finding information. Attending public meetings is part of a commitment to good citizenship. Knowing where to find schedules, agendas and locations becomes important. This newspaper, usually on page 2 of the Local News section provides information on local government meetings as well as some information on agendas. In addition, each local government provides meeting information at their website. These sites include agendas, minutes of past meetings, information on citizen boards, and a calendar of meetings. Check them out: www.hendersoncountync.org
www.cityofhendersonville.org
www.fletcher.org
www.laurelpark.org
www.millsriver.org
www.villageofflatrock.org


1/18/09
Paying attention to local government activity is one level of citizen participation. Volunteering to serve on local boards or committees bumps citizen participation up a notch or two. To serve the community demands time and interest. All local governments invite citizen participation. Applications are available at their offices or may be online. On Henderson County’s site, www.hendersoncountync.org, on the left menu click on Board of Commissioners, under that menu click ‘Citizen Participation.’ Information on county boards and committees, an electronic application and list of boards and committees is available. The agenda for any regular commission meeting includes a list of vacancies for boards and committees. Navigating other local government websites to be in future columns.


1/25/09
Finding a volunteer role in local government is as easy as a click. Last week we discussed navigating the Henderson County website. Today and next week will describe municipal websites. At the City of Hendersonville site (www.cityofhendersonville.org) volunteer applications for boards and committees are found by clicking E-Government on the home page and then clicking ‘Administration’ in the menu on the right side of the screen. An electronic application is available. For Mills River (www.millsriver.org), to fiind information of boards and committees click on ‘Committees’ on the right side menu. To apply, click on ‘Volunteers’ find a list of available positions and an application. This is a pdf file to be downloaded and delivered to the Town offices.


 

 



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