2019 Citizens' Academy

CitizensAcademyLogo (1)Welcome to the City of Largo's Citizens' Academy! 

Largo Citizens' Academy is your hands-on solution to learning about your government. Led by Largo City Commissioners and Department Directors, the Academy guides citizens first-hand through the myriad of operations that keep Largo running. Academy participants will tour key facilities, learn the challenges facing future development, talk with City leaders about current issues and events affecting Largo, and work side by side with City staff members to learn about the essential functions they serve.


Your Citizens Academy Deans

Diane Bruner, City Clerk
dbruner@largo.com
727-587-6710 Ext 7003

Courtney Fogarty, Deputy City Clerk
cfogarty@largo.com
727-587-6710 Ext 7002

Brandon Graham, Multimedia Supervisor
bgraham@largo.com
727-587-6740 Ext 4050 

Things to Know

In order to graduate from Largo Citizens' Academy, you will need to attend a minimum of 8 sessions. For the courtesy of your classmates, please arrive promptly. Class will begin at 6pm. If for any reason you are unable to attend a session, please email Diane Bruner at the email address listed above. Extra credit may be available.

A class agenda is available below with the address of each location. Citizens are encouraged to dress comfortably and wear long pants for facility tours including Environmental Services and Public Works. Closed-toe walking shoes are highly encouraged for the duration of this course.
 

Week 1 - Sept. 16 - Orientation

Location - City Hall
Agenda

2019 Citizens’ Academy of Largo

Orientation, Community Building, Communications and Marketing

September 16, 2019

 1. Citizens’ Academy Opening – Brandon Graham

2. Welcome – Mayor Woody Brown, City Manager Henry Schubert

3. Dinner Served

4. Introduction of Class Members

Break

5. Communications and Marketing Presentation

6. Q & A

7. Session Wrap Up

**Important Information**
All sessions start at 6:00 p.m., please try and arrive on time as some sessions have tours that require daylight.

Wear comfortable clothes and flat closed toed shoes to all sessions.

We will let you know in advance if dinner will not be served at the beginning of a session.

Surveys will become available the Tuesday after a session.

Surveys are anonymous.

Do not worry if you did not get a question answered or if you think of something to ask after the fact, the surveys have a space for unanswered questions that we will get answers for and send out to the group.

Sessions are standardly 2 hours long but some nights will go over that time, we will let you know in advance for a session that may run long.

Please let us know in advance if you will be absent for a session.
Survey
We please ask you to take a moment of your time to complete a brief survey regarding your Orientation Session, link below.

http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eghl1wv6jyh955zv/start

Week 2 - Sept. 23 - Fire Department

Location - Fire Station 41
https://www.largo.com/facility_detail_T64_R26.php
Agenda
Largo Fire Rescue Agenda

Introduction
  •  Overview of Largo Fire Rescue                         
  •  Staff Introductions
Dinner
 
Fire Fighter Fashion Show: Division Chief Tokarz              
  • Uniform Demonstration
Group Stations (Rotate every 20 minutes)
Division Chief Don Rooks-Time Keeper

Apparatus
  •   Division Chief McDonald/Specialty Team Personnel
  •   Assistant Chief Cody Johnson/ Truck 41 Driver
Station Tours
  •   Assistant Chief Joe Manning
  •   Assistant Chief Hillary Sanford
  •   Truck 41 Lieutenant
Medical Code/Cardiac Arrest         
  •   Assistant Chief Mike Carpenter/District Chief Snell/Station Personnel
 Q and A with Staff
**Important Information**
This tour does contain walking, please wear something comfortable.

Expect to stay over the standard 2 hours for this session.
Survey
We please ask you to take a moment of your time to complete a brief survey regarding your Fire Department Session, link below.

http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eghl2zq4jyh9ckvu/start

Week 3 - Sept. 30 - Environmental Services

Location - Environmental Services
Agenda
2019 Citizens’ Academy of Largo
Environmental Services
September 30, 2019

1. Tour of the Treatment Plant

2. Lab Presentation/Reclaimed Water Facility

3. Dinner

4. Presentation

**Important Information**
This tour does contain walking, please wear something comfortable.

Dinner will be served after the tour.

Expect to stay over the standard 2 hours for this session.
Survey
We please ask you to take a moment of your time to complete a brief survey regarding your Environmental Services Session, link below.

http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eghl2zycjyh9j16v/start
Unanswered Questions
Reclaimed vs. Potable Water to wash animals:
It is not recommended to wash animals in reclaimed water. It is more chlorinated than potable water and it would probably dry their skin out or irritate their skin.

Week 4 - Oct. 7 - Engineering Services

Location - City Hall
Agenda

2019 Citizens’ Academy of Largo

Engineering Services

October 7, 2019

Department Overview

Department Functions

Department Services

Major Initiatives

Largo.com City Infrastructure Projects

How to submit a Service Request (Overview and Activity)

Traffic Calming Policy Overview
Survey
We please ask you to take a moment of your time to complete a brief survey regarding your Engineering Services session, link below.

http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eghl3052jyh9mf78/start

Week 5 - Oct. 14 - Recreation, Parks and Arts

Location - Central Park Performing Arts Center
Agenda

2019 Citizens’ Academy of Largo

Recreation, Parks and Arts

October 14, 2019

  • Opening, presentations and food
  • CPPAC tour & Central Park Discussion with Phil
  • Travel to McGough to include drive by Whitesell Field
  • McGough Tour
  • Travel to Southwest Recreation Complex to include drive by Largo Golf Course
  • Southwest Recreation Complex Tour
  • Travel to Highland Complex
  • Highland Complex Tour
  • Travel to Community Center
  • Community Center Tour
  • Travel to Central Park Performing Arts Center to end 
**Important Information**
This evening will have extensive travel and is crucial you arrive on time.

You will be away from where you are parked on a bus tour.

Do not expect to get back to your vehicles until close to 9:00pm.

Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
Survey
We please ask you to take a moment of your time to complete a brief survey regarding your Recreation, Parks and Arts session, link below.

http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eghl307bjyh9ozxa/start

Week 6 - Oct. 21 - Community Development

Location - City Hall
Agenda

Citizen's Academy
October 21, 2016 6:00 p.m.
Community Development
Agenda

  1. Welcome and Introductions

  2. Dinner

  3. Department Overview

  1. The Rosery Apartment Story

    • Economic Development
    • Community Standards
    • Planning
    • Building (Tour of Customer Service Center)
    • Housing
  1. Adjourn

Week 7 - Oct. 28 - Public Works

Week 8 - Nov. 4 - Police Department

Week 9 - Nov. 11 - Largo Public Library

Week 10 - Nov. 18 - Finance and OPB

Graduation - Dec. 3 - Commission Meeting

Population Size

4th

Largest City in Tampa Bay

Acres of Park Land

4.5K

Largo Businesses