Citizens' Academy

Citizens Academy
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Roeland Park Citizens’ Academy - Call for Applications

The Citizens’ Academy is a free program designed to give Roeland Park citizens a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the City. 

The class sessions are scheduled for two hours (from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) each Tuesday starting on April 2, 2024 and ending on May 28, 2024 (9 weeks). Below are the class topics and locations. The class will be held in-person. 

All participants will be accepted into the program unless the number of applicants exceeds desired enrollment of no more than 16 individuals. Class size is limited due to the desire for the Academy to remain informal and adequately allow for questions, responses, and tours for the sessions. In the event the number of applicants for the Citizens’ Academy is larger than 16 participants, applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are a Roeland Park resident interested in applying, please complete this form.

Session 1 Governing the City: at City Hall with Tour. A review of the relationship between the City Council and City Administration, the role of Advisory Boards and Committees, and other appointed offices (City Attorney, City Engineer, Judge/Prosecutor).

Session 2 Key Policy Documents: at City Hall, The Budget, Goals and Objectives, Capital Improvement Plan, and the City Code. Policy is the driving force behind long range planning and day to day operations.  A review of the key policies will establish a broad understanding of why we do what we do for the attendees as they work through future sessions.

Session 3 Public Safety: at City Hall - Tour & overview of the Police and municipal court services. Review of equipment and vehicles used by the police department.  A look at the cooperative services shared with other Johnson County police departments (Animal Control and Mental Health Co-responder, dispatch services). 

Session 4 Fire and Ambulance Services: at Consolidated Fire District #2. Tour and briefing by Consolidated Fire District #2 and Medact on the fire and emergency medical services they provide, the equipment they use and the structure by which they are governed.

Session 5 Code Enforcement, Building Inspection and Economic Development: at City Hall. Review of the role and purpose of code enforcement and building inspection services including a review of the procedures and technology capabilities employed in the process. Review the tools (CID, TIF, IRB’s) and recent examples of economic development projects in the City.

Session 6 Parks, Recreation and Art: start at the Community Center. A tour of the Community Center, Aquatic Center, and Each City Park with Public Art discussed along the tour - A review of the parks and recreation services provided as well as the amenities provided by the City.  In addition, we will review the cooperative arrangements in place with Johnson County Parks and Recreation for some of the facilities and services. A review of the public art program and its role.

Session 7 Public Infrastructure: at the Public Works Facility. Tour of public works with an overview of the services delivered as well as demonstrations for attendees to experience (leaf collection, street sweeping, snow plowing, asphalt milling/repair).

Session 8 Utilities- Water, Sanitary Sewer Service and Sold Waste Service: at the Myron K Nelson Wastewater Treatment Plan. Tour of the Johnson County Wastewater Treatment Facility and overview of the treatment process, also providing the history of why the service is provided by the County and how treatment sites have been selected.  A review of the potable water service process as well as a history on how Waterone came to be the provider in Johnson County. A review of the GFL waste services provided under contract along with a demonstration of the equipment used in providing solid waste, yard waste and recycling services along with history of the cooperative purchasing arrangement between Fairway, Westwood and Roeland Park. GFL to also provide an overview of the current state of the recycling market.

Session 9 Our Government Partners: At a fun location (sponsored by Mauer Law and Larkin Engineers). State and US Reps/Senators as well as the Presiding and 1st District Commissioners invited to provide an overview of how they view their partnership with Roeland Park.  This will be the final session; we will also ask for the attendees to share what they learned and found the most surprising and the experience. 

If you are a Roeland Park resident interested in applying, please complete this form. The deadline to apply is February 23, 2024 and space is limited. Questions? Please email Class Recognition is planned for a Council meeting in the summer!