by Beth Stauffer

After a big snowfall, have you ever contemplated how long it takes New Haven Street Department workers to plow all 80 miles of roadway in the city?

Ever dreamed about going behind the scenes at the New Haven Adams Township Fire Department and getting a first-hand look at the fire trucks and fire pole?

When was the last time you looked outside your front window and wished you could ask someone who could actually do something about it what you can be done about getting your neighbors to mow and move the twelve junker cars out of the front yard?

Has the thought ever crossed your mind what would happen to your family if a major disaster struck New Haven?

Have you ever wondered how your tax dollars are spent locally, or what exactly the Police Department, Mayor, or Parks Department, or City Council does to make New Haven a better place?

If you answered an emphatic ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions, then I have good news for you!  Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 New Haven’s Citizen Academy which is set to begin on January 27th, 2014 at City Hall from 6:00-8:30 pm.

The 9 session academy will answer all of the questions outlined above (with the exception of the whole getting-a-first-hand-look-at-the-fire-pole-thing.  Sadly, the New Haven-Adams Township Station #3 doesn’t have a fire pole, just stairs.) The Citizen’s Academy also promises to help participants gain a deeper understanding of how local government works, meet local government leaders and department heads, learn about opportunities for community based partnership and programs and how to help improve a liveable, sustainable community in addition to other valuable civic lessons.

The Citizen’s Academy is free and open to any New Haven resident that is interested in learning more about local government.  An application, which is due by January 22nd, 2014, is available online by clicking here:


POSTED: 12/03/13 at 6:42 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News