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Neighborhood Resources Handbook, Neighborhood Programs

Handbook for Better Neighborhoods

Welcome to the City of Longmont’s Handbook for Better Neighborhoods. This handbook has been prepared to assist residents of the City of Longmont in proactively addressing neighborhood issues. The Handbook can also serve as a resource to neighborhood leaders in their day to day interaction with their neighbors and local government. Every section of this handbook can be utilized to strengthen your neighborhood association.
Whether your neighborhood association has been in existence for ten years, two years or you are just forming one, there is always room for improvement. Whether you are part of an established Homeowners Association or are a member of a volunteer Neighborhood Association, there is information in this handbook that will be helpful. Included within the handbook are the tools needed for neighborhoods that want to start associations. Basic techniques are also included for established associations, such as how to run well-organized meetings, newsletter publishing, recruiting new members, goal setting, and much more.

Coming together with your neighbors only when controversial issues arise limits the potential of your neighborhood to unify and determine its destiny. The City of Longmont challenges your neighborhood to have an active association that makes a difference in the community. Utilize the Handbook for Better Neighborhoods to help start an association where there is none or increase the effectiveness of an existing organization.

The Documents on this page are available in Adobe® Acrobat™ (.pdf) format. For more information, go to our page on how to download Acrobat from the Web.

If you have any questions about the Handbook for Better Neighborhoods please contact the Neighborhood Resource Program at 303-651-8721.


HANDBOOK FOR BETTER NEIGHBORHOODS

To download the entire Handbook for Better Neighborhods, click here. (590kb)

CONTENTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

HANDBOOK OVERVIEW

GETTING STARTED
Neighborhood Group Leaders Association
Benefits of organizing your neighborhood
Six steps to organizing your neighborhood
Initial meeting guidelines
How to make your organization grow

EFFECTIVE MEETINGS
Meeting essentials
Types of associations
Types of meetings
The Chairperson
Essentials of good minutes
Writing an agenda
By-laws
Budget and Treasurer’s report

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Advantages of goal setting
Neighborhood goals and objectives
Building consensus

MAINTAINING ENTHUSIASM
Keeping members interested
Recruiting new neighbors
Recognizing new residents
A job well done

NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECTS
Why do neighborhood projects
Starting neighborhood projects
Some project and activity ideas

NEWSLETTERS
Your newsletter
What to include

CITY INFORMATION
Council-Manager form of government
City Elections
Public hearings
City Boards, Commissions and Committees
Community meeting rooms
Community Development Department
Fire
Community Services
Longmont Power & Communications
Police Department
Water/Wastewater Utility

OTHER RESOURCES

APPENDICES
APPENDIX A: Sample neighborhood survey
APPENDIX B: Sample agenda
APPENDIX C: Annual Budget
APPENDIX D: Monthly Treasurer’s report
APPENDIX E: Public meeting business terms
APPENDIX F: Sample by-laws
Handbook sources