STOCKBRIDGE – A handful of residents looking to know more about their city has been part of the Citizens Academy in Stockbridge for a few weeks.
On Thursday, the members of the Citizens Academy heard from government officials about the topic of community development, which involves the enhancement of a community through new businesses and new construction, among other things, while enjoying a catered dinner from Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ.
“The Citizens Academy is an opportunity for all our citizens in the city of Stockbridge to learn more about their government,” said Randy Knighton, Stockbridge city manager. “We’ve had several sessions so far, and they hear from some of the department heads, public works, community development, finance and administration and learn about the inner workings of the city of Stockbridge, how their tax dollars are spent, how budgeting is done and how services are provided.”
At Thursday’s meeting, Assistant City Manager Camilla Moore went through the basics of zoning regulations and their necessity in properly placing facilities, as well as the necessity of building permits and business licenses.
The next meeting, in two weeks, will concern Main Street and economic development, while last week, the Citizens Academy learned about emergency management.
“The Henry County Fire Department, Henry County Police Department and emergency management were here to provide an overview of public safety services as well,” Knighton said.
While registration for this year’s class has ended, Knighton said the city will continue to do this next year, at no cost.
“We just enjoy the opportunity of relaying information to citizens about their local government and how they work,” he said.