December 18, 2014

SH to host community visioning workshops

Spring Hill officials will host a series of community visioning sessions to aid the city in identifying  projects that will meet the needs of citizens.  Last October , the city received the results of a community survey. The survey results show city officials general areas of improvement.
Now officials are seeking specific improvements to maximize tax dollars. To that end, the city will host a series of community visioning sessions called Project Connect. Project Connect will aid officials in identifying improvement projects. Jim Wilson, Spring Hill,  will chair Project Connect, and Pastor Janice Hawley of Hillside Community Lutheran Chruch will co-chair. Jeanie Lauer, owner of Management Edge through the Center for Business and Technology at Johnson County Community College, will facilitate the visioning process.
“I am excited to help people articulate their dreams about what Spring Hill can become, how it can best grown and the direction it can go,” Wilson said. “These sessions will drill down to what citizens really want, so projects with the deepest impact can be identified.”
Officials are seeking a diverse group of individuals to engage in spirited discussions focused on public safety, parks and recreation, infrastructure, livability and community. The five discussion groups should have approximately 10 individuals in each.
Officials aren’t necessarily seeking individuals who are knowledgeable about the topics of focus, but they do hope to find citizens who will be willing to honestly share their perceptions about the city and how the city can best meet the needs in each of the focus topic areas. City staff will offer support to group facilitators, and the Spring Hill governing body will provide answers to questions that may arise.
The five meetings will be held at the Civic Center Reception Room/cafeteria at 401 N. Madison. Officials hope that individuals can attend all meetings so items won’t need to be re-discussed at following sessions. The general public is also invited to merely observe any one or all of the meetings.
The sessions are currently scheduled for Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Feb. 22 and March 8. A Thursday session is set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 6.
“Out of this process will come clear priorities from the citizens so that our city officials and their staff have a clear agenda of measurable deliverables. We can help build the future we envision so that Spring Hill is a great place and a strong community for our families to live,” Hawley said.
To participate, contact Jonathan Roberts, city administrator, by Friday, Jan. 24. He can be reached at (913)592.3664 or robertsj@springhillks.com.
Workshop dates
• Saturday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m. – noon
• Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m. – noon
• Saturday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m. – noon
• Thursday, March 6, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
• Saturday, March 8, 9 a.m. – noon

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