Monday, March 11, 2013

Community Councils Start in Taylorsville

On Wednesday evening, the Taylorsville City Council approved an ordinance that outlined how community councils would operate in the city. There are 10 councils - two per city council district - and each community council is made up of several adjacent neighborhoods. (See map.) 

The community councils will meet monthly. The purpose of the community councils is to inform residents about issues affecting them and their neighborhoods and to provide them a voice with regards to city issues.

“Community councils provide a forum where a variety of city-related community interests can be discussed,” said Taylorsville City Council Chair Dama Barbour. “These topics could include community and economic development, public safety, emergency preparedness and budget. Topics outside the scope of city government, but important to the community may also be discussed.” 

Each community council will have a chair, vice-chair, and secretary who are elected by their membership beginning December 2013. Per ordinance, the mayor will initially appoint these positions, which will serve until the end of the year.

“We need residents who have a vested interest in making their neighborhoods better,” said Mayor Jerry Rechtenbach. “These leaders will be forging the path for us on how to effectively utilize community councils.”

Mayor Rechtenbach is looking for nominees for each community council. If you are interested in serving, or know someone who may be interested, please fill out this form and send it to Mayor Rechtenbach at by April 5, 2013.

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