First, it is essential that the City improve communication with all community members. Participating in the Philomath Citizens’ Academy was an amazing experience, but I never would have found out about the opportunity if I wasn’t the person in my household who pays the water bill (and therefore receives the monthly digital newsletters) and if I didn’t happen to read that newsletter in a timely manner. I am passionate about developing robust communication with our City leadership.
Already, it has been great seeing the City implement some of the suggestions I have made for digital communication. We can build on these changes so that community members who are working long hours can come home and nearly effortlessly learn about issues in the City that directly concern them and their families. By providing both a variety of methods for City outreach to our community members and offering expanded translation and interpreter services, we can make the sharing of information and relevant decisions more accessible and manageable for busy families and individuals. It should not take hours attending City meetings and scouring City documents to learn about and comment on City decisions that directly impact our lives and livelihood.
As your City Councilor, I would prioritize improving the ways the City provides opportunities for informed community input, using 21st century solutions and traditional methods of digital, print, and other forms of interpersonal communication to broaden audio and visual outreach to our community. Philomath can grow towards being a place where all community members are engaged, heard, and welcomed.