Social Gathering Connects Residents to City

June 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

VERNON – Summer was in full swing last week at the Vernon Village Park Apartments, where residents enjoyed a variety of fun activities and food, courtesy of city officials.

Members of the city council and city staff “turned out to flip burgers, paint faces, play catch and provide valuable sidewalk CPR demonstrations to adults and children,” the city said in a statement to EGP.

The June 20 gathering was one of several events being planned as part of a Vernon initiative to get residents more engaged in their hometown and with their neighbors.

Activities included a special “Chat with the City Administrator,” Carlos Fandino, who used the occasion to listen to residents’ concerns and to let them know about the myriad of services and resources available through the city. Information was also provided on local jobs, registering to vote and the city’s vote-by-mail process.

Modeled after the successful nationwide “Coffee with a Cop” campaign, residents were able to meet informally with city staff to raise concerns, ask for help or just get to know the city’s employees, according to the city’s statement.

As a special treat, Vernon Police K9, Doby, greeted children from the apartment complex and Vernon firefighters gave them a tour of the fire truck. The youngsters were even allowed to try on a uniform.

The outing was a “great opportunity” for council members and city staff to get to know residents, Fandino said.

“Vernon Village is our newest community and we want to make sure they feel connected with the City as a whole.”

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