The 2011 ICMA–Wittenberg University Local Government Management Internship Program officially got underway on May 31st with an orientation session at City Hall in Amery, Wisconsin (http://www.amerywisconsin.org). Six interns from Wittenberg University are participating in this year’s 8-week program which combines a full-time internship with a seminar in local government administration. The interns were greeted by Mayor Mike Karuschak and City Administrator Darcy Long who welcomed them with a brief overview of the city and the projects they have been assigned for the summer. Then it was off on a brief driving tour of the city before heading to lunch with city staff and city council members. The afternoon was spent getting more information about the projects (see descriptions below).
2011 LGMIP Projects
Police Department: Revise and update the Policy and Procedures Manual
Parks and Recreation: 1) Develop a 5-year Park and Recreation Plan using community input form surveys and focus groups; 2) Map the Apple River using GPS and cameras;
Planning: 1) Revise and update zoning ordinance; Research and propose possible ordinance to allow urban poultry; 2) Revise and update the city Rental Housing Code; 3) Create video for Lakes Protection Project.
Administration: 1) Develop a 5-year Capital Improvement Program; 2) Research and recommend policy on paperless agendas by doing product testing on electronic devices; 3) Update and create city web content; Create and implement and city social media policy; 4) Photograph all city businesses; 5) Work with the Amery Economic Development Corporation to catalog all the vacant commercial and industial land and buildings; 6) Create an Amery Promotional Video for YouTube.
2011 LGMIP Interns (L-R): Karl Larew (’11–Urbana, OH); Cesar Gonzalez (’12–Chicago, IL); Sam Holden (’12–St. Louis, MO); Stuart Zorn (’13–Cincinnati, OH); Betsy Scruton (’13–Cleveland, OH); Adan Hassan (’13–Columbus, OH).