Last year, Philomath hosted what it referred to as a citizens academy. Residents signed up for a series of presentations over several weeks and even received certificates of completion back in August. The activity opened up the lines of communication between the city and the citizens so they can get questions answered and have a better understanding of everything that goes into running a municipality.
Anyway, Spencer Irwin is an individual who said he first became interested in volunteering with the city after being involved with the citizens academy. He attended his first Philomath Park Advisory Board meeting earlier this month.
Irwin was among those appointed to the advisory board in January, which for him will be a three-year term. I was pleased to hear that he became interested through those citizens academy classes. I'm sure city officials feel the same way.