Citizen's Academy is a great program presented by the City of Wilson, NC. I had never really heard much about the Citizen's Academy even though they had been holding it for several years. I decided that since I have lived in Wilson for 32 years, it was time I learned a little more about the city and how it works. I decided to apply. I sent my application to Tonya West with the city and did not hear anything for a few weeks, then one day I got a letter in the mail that said I was accepted. I was actually very excited. As it turned out we had the largest academy class ever.
We all had a great time. One night we went out to the Dam at Buckhorn Lake, the city's main water supply. That night they fed us a delicious dinner by the lake prepared by employees of the city of Wilson and we got to see the sunset over the lake. It was awesome!
Employees from every department of the City of Wilson had the opportunity to present their department. They took their time to explain what their department did and how it was done. Everyone from Mayor Bruce Rose to the utility department to Greenlight, the city's super fast broadband service, to city manager Grant Goings, to planning and zoning. We even got to see our award winning Fire Chief Don Oliver and some of the firemen start a fire in a house so that we could see how effective a sprinkler system would be in putting out a fire. Most of the participants even got to spend an evening with our police department and ride patrol to see what a great job they do to take care of the citizen's of our city. The Parks and Recreation Dept. took time to show us The Heritage Bank Stadium
at the J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex with both baseball and soccer facilities. The stadium is the only Little League stadium of it's kind in the southeastern United States. You can get a look at the stadium by taking a look at the City of Wilson's virtual tour @ http://rtvpix.com/BU-3076-J4NHO4-01?h=500&w=700 .
I could go on and on about our great city and how much we love living in Wilson but I will leave that to another blog. If you are interested in real estate in Wilson go to www.taberteam.com or give me a call at 252-289-7355.