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Engage Ashland: Round 2

Prepare your burning questions for Ashland city staff, because they’ll come knocking in June.

A second Engage Ashland event is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 6. Just like last fall, city staff, city councilors and the mayor will visit randomly selected neighborhoods to discuss city issues.

The neighborhoods will be different than the ones visited last fall. Residences that are chosen will receive a postcard in the mail the week before.

The goal is to reach residents who may not attend council meetings and hear their thoughts on issues facing the city, as well as have them rate city services.

A survey open to all residents can be found at ashland.or.us/engage. Select the “Engage Ashland Spring 2019” option under the open topics.

The survey will be open until Friday, June 14.

The survey asks for input on city services, the proposed city hall relocation or renovation, emergency preparedness, the Climate and Energy Action Plan, and energy conservation using multiple choice and open-ended questions.

Last October staff and department heads from the planning, public works, police, fire and administration departments accompanied council members and the mayor as they went door to door the first time. The program and survey were well received by residents, and the city was able to gather information on areas it can improve.

City Administrator Kelly Madding implemented the program after participating in a similar one in Medford.

According to City Executive Assistant Elizabeth Taylor, who helped organize the event, the event is scheduled for June because it would have been slightly overwhelming to conduct this research in the thick of the budget process.

The budget should be finalized by June 4, before the first Engage Ashland event.

Contact Tidings reporter Caitlin Fowlkes at cfowlkes@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4496. Follow her on Twitter @cfowlkes6.