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February 9th, 2009
City to sponsor summit meetings

STAFF REPORT

The city government in San Marcos is sponsoring a series of citizen summit next week to gather views from residents about the future of San Marcos.

The city is putting on the meetings for the fifth year in a row. Dr. Richard Lewis of Round Top Consulting Associates of San Antonio will moderate six sessions in locations across the city, including the Texas State University campus.

“The views and hopes of our citizens expressed at previous visioning sessions have contributed significantly to the goal setting and priorities adopted by the city council,” San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz said. “We hope that residents from across our community will participate in this year’s sessions, and let us know, as we face changing times, what your dreams are for San Marcos.”

Narvaiz said the summits contribute significantly to the city council’s budgeting process and priorities.

The city is encouraging residents are to attend the sessions most convenient for them. The final session, on the night of Feb. 19, will be a general community summit that will include Mayor Susan Narvaiz, the city council, City Manager Rick Menchaca and senior management staff.

At that final session, to be held at 6 p.m. at the City of San Marcos Conference Center, Lewis will summarize the results of the five earlier sessions. Following the summit, the information will be assembled into a comprehensive presentation for the city council.

In addition to attending a citizen summit meeting, residents are invited to fill out an online survey linked from the City of San Marcos website at www.sanmarcostx.gov (or http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=jMbOegxSOprVo2uCXFlaXw_3d_3d ). Residents may fill out one survey per person. The survey will be online from Feb. 5-Feb. 16.

Each session will last for about 90 minutes. Lewis will present an overview of activities resulting from last year’s community summit meetings. Participants will be able to provide input on eight to 10 questions through an electronic voting system on issues concerning their visions for San Marcos and strategies to reach goals.

“We also will engage participants in discussions about what actions the City of San Marcos should take to address important issues over the next two-to-five years,” Lewis said.

The schedule for the citizen summit includes:

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

12:30-2 p.m.: Starplex Theatre, 1250 Wonder World Drive

3:30-5:00 p.m.: Price Center Ballroom, 222 W. San Antonio Street

7-8:30 p.m.: DeZavala Elementary School Cafeteria, 600 FM 621 (Staples Road)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

10:00-11:30 a.m.: Activity Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 501 E. Hopkins

1:30-3 p.m.: LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1, Texas State University

6-8 p.m.: General Community Summit, City of San Marcos Conference Center, 3101 IH 35 South

As a result of last year’s community meetings, the city council held several visioning workshops and developed four major priorities: expanding economic development, improving the image of San Marcos, enhancing transportation, and improving collaboration of the City of San Marcos and regional organizations.

The 2008 Community Summit and Visioning Process report is available online at www.sanmarcostx.gov .For more information, contact the City Manager’s Office at (512) 393-8100.

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  1. I am really disappointed the city is not asking for input like this on the budget this year. Especially with the continued growth of our long-term obligations (debt), in the midst of the economically trying times, I would think now is the time for more citizen involvement, not less. I just don’t see real efforts being made to improve transparency in the city government.

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