The TRUTH about the Task Force
There have been a lot of statements made about what the Boys Totem Town Task Force is and what it is doing that are misleading at best and that could be construed as downright lies... We have tried repeatedly to clarify the purpose and the process. And so we try again...
The truth is that the Task Force is a group of neighbors who are gathering background information. They will also be pulling together input from the broader community to develop a recommendation to the District 1 Community Council of what its position should be WHEN TIME COMES that the City wants advice about a future use for the site. The Task Force is a group of open-minded, concerned and engaged residents who want to build a sense of community in the area through visioning a future that works for everyone. They will be facilitating discussions among neighbors, educating themselves about issues, and pulling together information. They come to the group with a wide variety of perspectives on the neighborhood, on what they personally would like to see at Boys Totem Town, and on what community means.
But they all agree on two things -- before we can determine a vision we need to develop a sense of community that includes everyone, and we need to keep an open mind as we work.
We hope that this clarifies some of the gross (and damaging) misstatements that have been made about the Task Force and its processes. The best way for community to have an impact on that process is to engage in the community-building and visioning processes that the Task Force and D1 staff have developed. And if you do, you will find that it is not only impactful and rewarding, but FUN!
1/11/2017 10:28:00 am
A good way to change this perception is to have open meetings. Have rules that the public can listen only. If someone interrupts they will be asked to leave. That way everything is transparent.
1/11/2017 11:11:21 am
These meetings need to establish trust FIRST among the task force members. That cannot happen when they are "on stage". If we had been able to start this process 3 years ago when we wanted to, we could have had a series of community conversations to build initial trust across the broader area - that didn't happen and we have to operate within our current constraints. All information is shared here and at our community workshops.
1/11/2017 11:51:09 am
That's understandable. Maybe it would help then if minutes were posted along with the narrative of the meeting. This would also make it more transparent. I think when things seem secretive that's when and why these misstatements occur. If minutes were posted people could read them and know nothing untoward is happening.
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SouthEast Community Org Staff