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Mansfield to Launch Local Government Academy October 7
MANSFIELD, CT September 9, 2021– The Town of Mansfield has announced registrations are being accepted for its new Mansfield Local Government Academy (MLGA). The Town Manager’s office is offering the free 10-session program to inform and familiarize citizens with how local government operates in our community. Classes will be hosted by members of the Town’s management team and elected officials, and sessions will feature a variety of municipal facilities across the community.
The first session will take place on Thursday, October 7, and proceed through January 6. The complete tentative schedule and list of topics is available on the Mansfield website. Citizens can register by calling the Town Manager’s office at 860-429-3336 or emailing TownMngr@mansfieldct.org and providing a phone number and email.
The concept of the Local Government Academy was presented to the Town Council last winter by Town Manager Ryan Aylesworth who announced it to residents in his August newsletter.
“Mansfield residents appreciate being informed, and this program will provide an opportunity for members of our community to learn a great deal about many of the inner workings and services, plus challenges and accomplishments, of local government,” says Mr. Aylesworth. “We sincerely believe that informed citizens lead to engaged citizens, and we are committed to fostering community engagement to accomplish myriad short- and long-term goals for the Town of Mansfield.”
The in-person sessions will start at 6:00 PM and generally conclude at 8:00 PM. The first class will include a welcome by Mayor Antonia Moran and Town Manager Aylesworth, an overview of the program and feature information on town governance, administration, elections and record-keeping. Each session will include a light meal. The program’s class size will be limited in order to allow for discussion and tours of facilities as appropriate. Citizens who register are expected to attend eight of the 10 sessions and will earn a certificate as well as a special gift to commemorate completion.
“I have received considerable feedback from residents that suggests people want to know about some nuts and bolts of how their town operates. This includes things like community policing, how our Public Works Department determines when to reconstruct a road, what sorts of social services are available to families, questions related to planning and zoning, how committee appointments are made, how we preserve our most historic documents, how we research and manage grants, and many other important topics. I hope participants in the Academy bring those kinds of questions with them so we can be open, accountable, informative and proactive with these sessions,” says Town Manager Aylesworth. “Our residents deserve to know how they are being served by their tax dollars, and to feel conversant in matters of local government.”