I realize that as a single concerned citizen I can’t possibly do everything that I’d like to see done. In fact, I can’t even talk our Township officials into doing things I think they ought to be doing to keep residents informed and involved. But I can take a few small steps along those lines, so I’m going to start with something I understand: a calendar.
The Township DOES have an online calendar that you can peruse that has all Township committee and board meetings listed, but it takes a lot of effort to find out what issues are going to be discussed and then to locate the minutes of the meetings afterwards. I’m going to do my best to add all the information that I can find for each Council meeting, workshop or public hearing to the events in a Google calendar. That way you should be able to come here (or to your own private iCal or Outlook calendar), click once, and have all of the information at your fingertips.
You’ll see that calendar at the right of every page on this site. It’s actually a public calendar on Google, so you can subscribe to it and even have it appear in your iCal or Outlook events if you like. For now I’m going to include only information on Township Council events (such as meetings and workshops) and events that I become aware of that encourage Township residents to get involved with their Council representatives and candidates for the open seats. After all we’ve got a primary coming up in May, and if you don’t know who the candidates are and what they stand for, it’s going to be difficult to motivate yourself to get out and vote in the primary.
If you think that this is not enough or that I’m too slow to get relevant information onto the calendar, feel free to drop me a note offering your assistance. That’s what my campaign for the Councillor at Large seat is all about: getting more people interested in and involved with our local government. If you have 30 minutes a week you’re willing to give, I’ll bet we can find something productive to do together.