Learn about Town Government in Hillsborough’s Citizens Academy
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
Are you interested in learning more about how the Town of Hillsborough operates? Take part in the town’s fourth annual citizens academy!
Beginning March 6, the town will offer a free seven-week course aimed at helping citizens increase their knowledge of town government as well as their interest and ability in influencing and participating in town decisions. Classes will take place 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesdays through April 17, with one Saturday class from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 24 to tour the town’s utilities system. The deadline to apply is Feb. 26.
“Even though we’re a small town, town government and services can be complicated,” Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens said. “The Citizens Academy is designed to provide participants a quick but comprehensive overview of how our town government works. Citizens who want to get involved in their community benefit because they can learn in a few weeks what might otherwise take years to figure out. Our town benefits by having more knowledgeable volunteers on our various advisory boards or simply more knowledgeable feedback from citizens about how we’re doing.”
Participants can expect to learn about:
- Hillsborough’s form of government and how it conducts business
- The work of the town’s advisory boards
- Planning responsibilities, including development reviews, zoning and code enforcement
- Budget management
- Water and sewer operations
- Police and fire operations
- Other town operations, including public works and billing and collections
The Citizens Academy is limited to 20 participants, with priority going to citizens who live or work within the town’s limits and to customers connected to the town’s water system. Fill out an online application, or pick up a paper copy at one of the following locations:
- Town Hall, 101 E. Orange St.
- Town Hall Annex, 137 N. Churton St.
- Police Station, 127 N. Churton St.
The Hillsborough Citizens Academy is an addition to the town’s Hillsborough University, a professional training program that the town has offered since 2002 to employees who want to excel in their work and prepare for greater responsibility. Past offerings have included courses focused on budgeting and program justification; conflict management, communications and problem-solving skills; personnel, supervision and leadership; and practical writing.
The town also offers a Citizens Police Academy to introduce citizens to the work officers do, including sessions on uniformed patrol; the legal process; criminal and drug investigations; community services; and the K-9 unit.