NEWTON, NC (July 30, 2013) – In September, Newton 101 Citizens Academy returns for a fifth year. Register now for the opportunity to learn more about how the City of Newton operates, the services it offers and the history of the City.
Newton 101 features tours of all city departments, including tours of facilities such as Newton City Hall, Newton Recreation Center, Newton Police Department, Newton Fire Department, water treatment plant, wastewater treatment plant and more.
The seven-session academy runs for seven consecutive Thursdays beginning Sept. 12 and ending Oct. 24. Sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. and will end by 9 p.m. The program is free. Attendance at all sessions is not required, but encouraged. The deadline to register is Sept. 9.
- Session 1 (Sept. 12): Meet and Greet at Catawba County Museum of History. Attendees will meet the Mayor, City Council, City Manager and Department Heads. Local historian Sylvia Ray will provide a history lesson about Newton.
- Session 2 (Sept. 19): Public Works & Public Utilities. Participants will tour the raw water intake at the Jacob Fork River, the water treatment plant and the wastewater treatment plant.
- Session 3 (Sept. 26): Newton City Hall. Participants will tour City Hall including administration, police, human resources, planning, information systems and finance departments. They also will learn more about the city’s electric distribution system, as well as other Public Works services and facilities.
- Session 4 (Oct. 3): Public Safety at Fire Station No. 2. Citizens will learn all about the fire and police departments and the many ways they work to protect and serve the citizens of Newton.
- Session 5 (Oct. 10): Finance, Human Resources and Information Systems at the Historic Newton Depot. Participants will learn about the inner workings of municipal government finance, personnel and information systems.
- Session 6 (Oct. 17): Newton Parks and Recreation, Planning and Economic Development at the Newton Recreation Center. Participants will learn about the many activities and resources offered by the Newton Recreation Department. This session also will explore the planning department and economic development projects.
- Session 7 (Oct. 24) Graduation at Newton City Hall. Participants will enjoy a brief social event, followed by a question-and-answer session with the Mayor, City Council, City Manager and Department Heads. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion at the final session.
For more information, or to register, contact City of Newton Public Information Officer Julie Chang at 828-695-4266 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.