(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / Oct. 15, 2019) – Make your voice heard. Help Stillwater City Council make informed decisions by going to speakup.stillwater.org and providing your ideas, input and feedback on topics that affect our community.
What is Speak Up, Stillwater? Speak Up, Stillwater is a new online platform designed to make it easy for Stillwater residents to provide input for City staff and council to see. This platform is part of the City’s ongoing initiative to expand opportunities for residents to get involved in their local government.
“Speak Up, Stillwater is a game-changer,” Stillwater Mayor Will Joyce said. “Residents now have an efficient, safe and convenient way to share their input on community topics directly with City Council and staff. Council is excited to see how this platform benefits Stillwater residents moving forward.”
Topics available for input on the platform can include economic development, transportation projects, public safety, utility services and more.
The platform offers many ways to submit input: Q&A forums, idea submissions, quick polls and even interactive maps that residents can update for location-specific items.
These tools serve as a more robust and direct alternative to submitting input or concerns through social media.
“When you message the City on Facebook or Twitter, you’re not getting the direct line to appropriate staff,” Joyce said. “Speak Up, Stillwater enables residents to make their voice heard directly by the source, expert or decision-maker of the topic- whether that is City Council or City staff who are implementing the topics or projects at hand.”
Although the public can attend council meetings, public hearings are for items that are on that meeting’s particular agenda. Speak Up, Stillwater will be taking input on relevant topics around the clock.
Wondering who exactly will be listening? On the right side of each topic page, residents can see a list of “Who’s Listening,” as well as the phone and email contact of that staff member or elected official. City council and staff will receive your feedback, provide timely project updates and report back on how your feedback contributed to decisions made.
Some current topics residents can participate in right now include:
Speak Up, Stillwater is just part of the City of Stillwater’s Civic Engagement Initiative. What does it mean when we say civic engagement or public engagement? These terms mean city officials want to encourage public participation and an understanding of government through outreach and inclusiveness initiatives that inspire trust and confidence in local government.
There are everyday municipal governmental topics or projects that may benefit from early or expanded civic engagement—Including major policy decisions, city planning initiatives, transportation initiatives, the budget process, topics of significant public interest, topics with citywide impact, topics involving “not in my neighborhood attitudes” or simply new city services or programs.
“Every day, we work to deliver Stillwater residents timely and accurate information while empowering them to be involved in community decisions that affect them,” Director of Marketing & Civic Engagement Sherry Fletcher said. “We understand that not all residents have the time or means to attend public forums. Our variety of civic engagement platforms is meant to address that."
The Civic Engagement tab under Government at Stillwater.org lists a variety of opportunities for residents to get involved. Besides Speak Up, Stillwater, residents are encouraged to utilize the following platforms to make their voice heard:
For questions about Speak Up, Stillwater or other civic engagement initiatives, contact Sherry Fletcher at firstname.lastname@example.org
For media inquiries, contact the Department of Marketing and Civic Engagement at 405.742.8219 or email email@example.com.
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