GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The city of Green Cove Springs is consistently striving to be the best small city it can be. One of its newest initiatives is the formation of the Citizen’s Advisory …
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The city of Green Cove Springs is consistently striving to be the best small city it can be. One of its newest initiatives is the formation of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee.
The Citizen’s Advisory Committee is a group formed to increase transparency in government operations and knowledge of city operations among residents, as wells as providing feedback to the city council on matters which would affect the public.
The input provided by the group could play a role in the eventual decisions made by the city council.
City manager Steve Kennedy addressed the city council about the creation of the CAC and the application process.
The application will screen things like the applicant’s job, education, experience and civic involvement to decide whether or not they would make a good candidate for the committee.
“We will review those applications and rank those individuals based on how well they meet the expectation and then we will make a recommendation to the council,” said city manager Steve Kennedy.
The intent is to get individuals who can add value and create an advantage moving forward with various initiatives.
Former Green Cove Springs Mayor and current council member Steve Kelley is enthused about the committee.
“I think honestly, its just going to add another layer of planning to the city,” said Kelley. “I have a few younger folks who’ve already have expressed an interest to me about being more involved in the process, which is great because we’re really hoping to find future leaders in some of the youth that are moving to Green Cove Springs.”
Kelley expects the CAC will aid in providing more residents who are actively engaged in the process of government for the city. He feels like this should also get more people interested in even the more mundane issues of governance that while not exciting, are still of some importance.
“Timing is perfect for it,” he said. “I think we’re going to engage people of all backgrounds.”
“We are working off a desire to engage the citizens more and making sure that we can show that we are very interested in transparency,” said Kennedy,
Both are optimistic about the new organization and believe that it will be good for the city.