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Grandview council explores public relations possibilities

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview will move forward with several different steps to make the community aware of current projects and events. This comes on the heels of a study session held during the regular meeting last night (Monday).

After meeting with 15 or so key staff members, City Administrator Scott Staples presented a list of what's working in terms of public information and marketing, as well as suggestions for improvement.

Use of door hangers, community awards programs, parks and recreation brochures and the Country Park reader board were listed as what's working well.

The city's website was also listed as a strength. One suggestion made by city staff is to buy language translator software that could be used to translate information on the web.

City staff recommended the purchase of decals for city vehicles that promote the website and that all city documents feature the web address.

Another suggestion made was to add two community picnics in the downtown area. Mayor Norm Childress expounded on that, and said, "When we do this downtown, we should work with the Chamber and get all the businesses to stay open and have open houses so people can wander in and out."

This led to the discussion of council members offering to speak at community meetings, like Rotary, Kiwanis and Chamber of Commerce meetings. Childress said, "We need to take the opportunity to build an alliance between the community and ourselves. That's the point I want to make to people, that we're all in this together. We (council) are real people trying to make good, solid decisions." City staff will draft a list of talking points for leaders to use when they follow through with this suggestion.

Also discussed at the meeting was the possibility of reader boards at both ends of town. This, however, could be an expensive endeavor. City staff will look into possible costs associated with the reader boards, but it's likely this won't be looked at until the 2008 budget process begins.

City residents are being encouraged to pay attention to the website. City staff wants to provide a link where people can sign up to receive a monthly newsletter via email. The city's web address is www.grandview.wa.us.

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