Dublin Villager

Meeting to gather leaders of homeowners associations

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A Dublin City Council goal is expected to be met April 10.

The 2014 Spring Civic Association Town Hall Meeting, set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 10 in the Dublin Justice Center Mayor's Court, 6565 Commerce Pkwy., will help meet Dublin City Council's goal of increasing engagement with the community.

The meeting, which will include a tour of the Dublin police firing range, panel discussions and a question-and-answer period, is open to all.

"We've sent an invitation to all homeowners association presidents," said Sandra Puskarcik, Dublin's director of community relations.

Two seats have been reserved for leaders of each of Dublin's 70 homeowners and civic associations.

"We're reaching out to homeowners associations more and more," Puskarcik said.

"As the city grows, it's important for us to have a strong relationship with each member of the organization."

While leadership is the primary focus of the event, the meeting will be put online so residents can make sure they're being represented.

"We're also saying to residents of the community, 'If your association has not been represented, feel free to join us,'" Puskarcik said.

"There will be a list of organizations there and a taping of the meeting to show who has attended so people will know if their neighborhood has been represented or not."

Topics to be discussed at the April 10 meeting include the police department's Community Impact Unit, the social host law and construction updates.

"It's always an important meeting for us to disseminate information about what's going on in the city," Mayor Michael Keenan said.

Many construction projects are looming in the future, Keenan said, with Interstate-270/U.S. Route 33 interchange improvements and the final phase of Emerald Parkway coming soon, in addition to movement in the Bridge Street District.

"There are always a lot of questions," Keenan said.

"I think the Q&A part is probably one of the most important parts that give people the chance to ask questions of the staff, city engineer (and) people in charge of streets and utilities," he said.

"All the people are there that are directly involved and can provide that information (to residents)."

The evening starts with the tour of the firing range from 6:30 to 7 p.m., a panel discussion with staff from 7 to 8 p.m. and a question-and-answer period and networking from 8 to 8:30 p.m.

"We want to make sure all of our residents know programs such as the Beautify Your neighborhood grant, are available to all," Puskarcik said.

"The more we strengthen relationships with neighborhoods the better the relations."

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