The Town of Davidson will offer its popular Civics 101 citizens academy again this winter, with classes beginning in February. It’s a great way to learn about our town. Meanwhile, Davidson’s Town Board will meet twice on Thursday night, once for a monthly social hour at the home of Commissioner Jim Fuller and then later with members of the Davidson College Student Government Association.
SIGN UP FOR CIVICS 101
Registration is now open for Civics 101, the town’s annual program to help citizens learn about the inner workings of Town Hall. Dozens of our neighbors have been through the course, including current town commissioners, school principals, local pastors and neighborhood leaders, and even your local community news editor.
Applications are due Dec. 31 for the free program, and the nine-weeks of classes begin Feb. 7. Participants may choose a day (9:30 to 11:30am) or evening 6:30-8:30pm sessions.
It’s the seventh year for Civics 101, which is open to residents of Davidson and its “extra territorial jurisdiction,” or ETJ. You must be 18 years old. Sessions include presentations from town department heads, tours of the fire and police departments, and a lesson on town history with Davidson College’s archivist, Jan Blodgett. You’ll also get a private Q&A session with town commissioners.
All classes are held at Town Hall, 216 S. Main St. The sessions wrap up with a Saturday field trip – a narrated tour of Davidson with town officials – and there’s a graduation ceremony at the April 9 Board of Commissioners meeting.
Pick up an application at Town Hall or apply online at http://www.townofdavidson.org/civics101. It’s first-come, first-served, with a limit of 20 participants per session. You must commit to attending all nine classes.
ONE NIGHT, TWO MEETINGS
Davidson commissioners have a pair of informal meetings scheduled this Thursday night, Dec. 6, but since a quorum is expected, they’re officially open to the public.
The board will meet Thursday from 7 to 8:30pm at the home of Commissioner Jim Fuller, 450 Windward Drive in Spinnaker Cove, for the latest in a series of social gatherings that the board describes officially as “team building.” They began the meetings in October after a retreat where commissioners discussed how they might get to know one another better and talk about town issues in an informal setting. (See our Oct. 3, 2012, report on the first gathering, “Town Board meeting: Wine, cheese and conversation.”)
Later Thursday, board members will head over to Davidson College’s Alvarez College Union for a chat with members of the Davidson College Student Government Association. That meeting meeting starts at 9 in the union’s Sprinkle Room. The discussion is expected to include the town-gown relationship, how the town can be inviting and useful to students (including what additional services the students look for in a downtown area) and how the town, through its nonprofit organizations, can offer students real-world experiences.
The college union is at 207 Faculty Drive. It’s the same building that houses Duke Family Performance Hall.
Both meetings are open to the public.