FARMINGTON — Mayor Tommy Roberts' community engagement program is opening a second session after a successful first run.

The "Insight Citizen's Academy" was organized by Roberts and city staff to educate the public by immersing them in the complex operations of municipal government.

After working out some minor issues, officials expect the new session will be as successful as the first.

The most significant issue with the first session was time.

Sessions were scheduled to be two-and-a-half hours long, but often lasted about three hours, said Elizabeth Isenberg, the city's government relations director.

"We just kind of loosened up to stay within the time limit," Isenberg said. "It'll be a few more sessions. The last one went extremely well except that we kept running over."

The Insight Citizen's Academy will meet every other Wednesday from Feb. 27 to July 10 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Light snacks and transportation to tour locations will be provided.

Admission in the program is limited to the first 15 people who sign up.

According to the city's program brochure, the academy will educate participants on 10 of the city's major service areas.

Participants will also tour city hall, Fire Station 6, Four Corners Regional Airport, the Municipal Operations Complex, Farmington Museum, the public library, the electric utility system, the Bluffview Power Plant and water/wastewater facilities. They will attend a city council meeting for the graduation ceremony.


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"This is an opportunity for people who are interested in local government to get more involved," Roberts said. "(The first session) was a learning experience. We had too much packed into too short a time frame, but even with that, feedback from the first session was positive."

That feedback also helped the city to restructure the program, he said.

Registration for the program is due by Feb. 22.

The city received its first applicant for the program's second run on Friday afternoon, Isenberg said.

For more information on the program or how to sign up, call Isenberg at 505-599-1419.