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Speak Up, Stillwater!: We want to hear from you–and here’s how.

Released:Sep 28, 2018

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(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / Sept. 28, 2018) – We’ve all heard it before–we need to be more involved in our local government. But with the crazy demands of everyday life, it can be hard to figure out how to do that.

That’s where the Speak Up, Stillwater! program comes into play.

Speak Up, Stillwater! is a web platform for you to share your thoughts, questions and ideas about issues presented to City Council.

“Your City Councilors have identified civic engagement as one of their six Strategic Priorities for the City of Stillwater,” said Sherry Fletcher, director of marketing and public relations. “We know a lot of our residents can't always make it to City Council meetings or Councilor Office Hours, so this is another way that you can reach out to your elected officials and tell them what you think about the issues they're discussing and considering in real time.”

So, how exactly do you speak up?

“It’s quite simple,” she said. “Fill out the input form and tell us what topic you are interested in and whether we can share it on that topic’s webpage for further discussion. Or, submit a recommendation for another topic we should add to the list.”

To kick off the program, City Council is looking for input on the Community Broadband Utility Feasibility Study they discussed at their regular Stillwater Utilities Authority meeting on Sept. 17 (the City Councilors also serve as the authority’s Trustees).

At that meeting, the Trustees authorized funding for a feasibility study to determine if Stillwater should create a community owned and operated broadband utility.

As we move forward with the requests for proposals for the study, the Trustees want to hear from you about what questions and thoughts you have about having a community broadband utility in Stillwater.

“We're excited to see engagement on important community topics increase," Fletcher said. "We want residents to know that they have a voice and play a part in their local government.”

Make your voice heard–check out the Speak Up, Stillwater! webpage and tell us your thoughts at stillwater.org/speakup.

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For media inquiries, contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at 405.742.8219 or email news@stillwater.org.

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