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Friday, June 29, 2012

101 Places to See Before You're 12 - Your Elected Official's Offices

Your Elected Official's Offices

Earlier this week the boys and I parked our car at their school and spent the day riding our bikes all over town, and then some.  We hit 3 playgrounds along with a stop for a snow cone, for lunch, and even to run some errands like exchanging books at the library.  It was a ton of fun and we're anxious to do it again this summer!

While on our ride we decided to make a couple of stops to visit some 101 Places.
I only had my phone with me for photos, so excuse the quality below!

First up was our town's City Hall.

Our City Hall was designed by architect Edward Charles Bassett and is in a triangular shape - the front facing downtown is one of the sides of the triangle. 

It's a cool building and always open to the public.  I've attended a number of meetings in the building - they have great conference rooms.

They currently have sister-city displays and art by students from one of the local high schools displayed.  We had to check them out.

Our Mayor was out when we arrived, but if you look up top you can see the entrance to her offices.
We stopped in and the administrative personnel showed us around but I didn't take any photos there.
We looked scary enough with our helmet hair, just stopping by without calling first!

Sister City display

High School art work

It was cool to stop by and see where our city officials work - then we headed off to go visit the county officials!

I love this view of the start of downtown from City Hall.

From the Book:
#28 - Your Elected Official's Offices
You are many things to many different people:  a son or daughter, a student, a friend.  But to someone in your nation's capital, you are a constituent.  That means that person, let's just call her Ms. Politico, works for you.  Her job is to figure out what you (and thousands of your closest neighbors) think about certain issues, and how she can represent your views.  So you need to tell her what you think.  That's right, little old you can schedule a meeting with her (or one of her staff members), and let your views be known.  She may not always agree with your opinion, but she is professionally obligated to listen to you!  Isn't democracy cool?

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