Civic Center Outreach

Civic Center Project
Outreach Meetings

As the Civic Center Project moves along, the Project Architect, WRNS, and the Civic Center Advisory Committee will begin hosting a series of Public Outreach Meetings as part of the Conceptual Design Phase. 

While you are welcome to attend the regular meetings of the Civic Center Advisory Committee, the Outreach meetings are intended to be gather broader public input. The Committee meets on the 1st Monday of every month at 4:30 pm in the Council Chambers. 

The first series of Public Outreach Meetings are scheduled at the Jennings Pavilion for:

  • Wednesday, June 3 - 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Thursday, June 4 - 6 pm to 8 pm

We'd love to have you participate! Following these meetings, WRNS and the Committee will host a series of small-group neighborhood outreach meetings during the weeks of June 15th and June 22nd. These will be the final outreach meetings in the Conceptual Design Phase. All dates and locations for these meetings will be posted on the Town's website. 

From these Outreach Meetings, working with the Committee, WRNS will produce a Final Concept Plan that reflects the comments received throughout the review process. The Final Concept Plan will include a site plan, building plan, building elevations, sections, 3D digital model, and exterior materials and finishes. 

From there, WRNS will move to the Schematic Design Phase where they will refine the design for formal submittals. 

For more information on the Civic Center Project, visit the Project Webpage.

Open Town Hall

Open Town Hall
Your Chance to Engage

Thank you for participating in the Open Town Hall Priorities 2015-2016 Outreach. We received  nearly 200 visitors and nearly 100 responses. The City Council used the information to seed their Goals Workshop held on May 6. Your feedback was valuable to the Council's discussion of where to apply their focus over the next several years. 

We will be using Open Town Hall to engage in continued outreach on a variety of topics. With the closing of the Priorities 2015-2018, we've added two more!

Emergency Communications

When an emergency occurs, the Town uses multiple channels to relay information to the community. These range from the low-tech (e.g. signs posted along the street) to the latest social media apps. Here are the major ways the ways the Town communicates during an emergency:

  • (the Town's website)
  • News Flashes (the Town's News Flashes)
  • Telephonic Notice (robocall)
  • Facebook and Twitter
  • County Reverse 911 (emergency alerting system)
  • Nixle

Do you use any or all of the above? Have one outlet you like best? Staff are interested in learning more about how residents prefer to receive their emergency communications. 

Visit....Emergency Communications...and let us know!

Improving Public Outreach and Communications

The Town has a philosophy of using multiple touchpoints in public communication and outreach. We have a Facebook page, a Twitter feed, we are on NextDoor, and Youtube, we have a weekly electronic newsletter (Atherton Online), we have quarterly print newsletter (The Athertonian), we send out regular electronic News Flashes on hot-topics by Department to which you can subscribe, I write a semi-regular City Manager's Blog, Council Meetings are recorded and rebroadcast on public access cable, we send out print notices, flyers, and letters, we host neighborhood and town-wide outreach meetings, the Mayor has "Office Hours," and of course, we have webpage and email - and I'm sure I've missed something. 

But still, even with all of that - we sometimes manage to miss you.  So, I'm evaluating our current public communication and outreach methods, with the goal of doing the best job possible in informing and engaging the community about important topics, Town services and initiatives, and programs that may be of interest. 

Please take a moment, visit...Enhancing Public Communications & Outreach...and take a short survey...tell us what is working, what could be improved, and what is missing. 


George Rodericks
City Manager
Town of Atherton
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