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Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz is inviting members of the public to enroll in the City’s first Jasper Citizens Academy class in 2017.

The Jasper Citizens Academy is open to anyone high school age or older and will meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening of the month from February through May.

In a release Seitz says the idea for a Jasper Citizens Academy came from tours of the departments the city provided to all council members in 2016 because the majority of them were newly elected officials.

Seitz also noted that questions at public meetings and social media posts often indicate that more knowledge of local government is needed.

Participants in the Jasper Citizens Academy will hold classes at City Hall, Jasper Arts Center, Jasper Wastewater Facility, Jasper Gas & Water Treatment Facility, the Arnold F. Habig Center, Jasper Street Department, Jasper Police Department and the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department Kiefer Fire Station downtown.

Presentations will be conducted by various City department leaders and will include facility tours and activities. A minimum of 10 students are needed for the academy to launch and enrollment will be capped at 20. The sessions will last about 2 hours each and there is no charge.

To enroll, contact Mayor’s Assistant, Lisa Bower at Jasper City Hall at 812.482.4255 or via email at lbower@jasperindiana.gov.

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