Two of the most important principles for me as an elected official are the idea of open government and becoming more efficient. I subscribe to the belief that government is for, and by, the people.
Since my first election to council, I have strived to make government more accessible to the citizens of North Ridgeville. As I begin my term as council president, we have continued down that path. Having an open government leads to better informed residents who can then take a more active role in the way their government is run, and by having a more efficient government we will lower our costs for the benefit of all.
There are a few ways you can be informed on the activities of your city government. Currently, residents are able to view City Council meetings live at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays on Cable Channel 12. These meetings are rebroadcast on cable every day at 7:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 and 11:30 p.m. The city also broadcasts our Planning Commission meetings. We are trying to host video of our council meetings on the Internet, but we are struggling with technical constraints and the lack of funds to host it on our own. We have been discussing alternatives that may bear fruit soon.
Also, our city Web site has our agendas of upcoming meetings and minutes of previous meetings. Found under the council department section at www.nridgeville.org/departments/council.asp, the agendas and minutes can bring you up to speed on the issues currently under discussion. Between our city’s Web site and cable channel, you can stay informed without having to leave home.
Efficient is not usually a term associated with government, but on a local level it is something we strive to achieve on a daily basis. Given these difficult economic times, your city government is undertaking many initiatives to become more efficient. Other ideas are big, such as consolidation of government services like the investigation of a joint regional fire district. Some ideas are far simpler, such as reducing the volume of paper produced by the council clerk’s office. We’ve even made changes at our council meetings. We’ve shortened some processes and made some changes to our visual presentation in order to make our meetings visually appealing and time well spent. These improvements to our meetings will hopefully keep you more interested and encourage you to participate in the governing of our city.
As we move forward, we will continue our efforts to keep the government process open so you can be more aware and participate in the process. We will continue to look for more efficient ways to operate government and to put forth our best efforts to improve the fortunes of our city.
We would to like to hear from you and have you participate in your city. Our contact information is
located on the city Web site, www.nridgeville.org, or you can find this information in this newspaper.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org, (440) 225-8965, or look for my politician page on Facebook. We look forward to hearing from you.