By Scott Sherrill, UNC MPA Student
There was standing room only when the December 1 working session began. About 150 people turned out to start determining “What are some goals for the community,” which will continue at the January 12 working session. Rosemary Waldorf opened the meeting with a summary of the process to date including discussion of two “big rocks”: demographics and the town’s fiscal condition.
The demographic rock was addressed by Mitch Silver’s talk, which is available here until December 12. The fiscal condition rock was addressed by a presentation by town manager Roger Stancil:
Other resources requested by theme groups are available here.
A couple of primary points that came out of Roger Stancil’s presentation were that the initial assumption was that the financial downturn would be shortlived, and as such, the actions the town had taken to mitigate the effect are not be sustainable over the longer duration. One of the functions of the 2020 comprehensive plan will be to guide budgetary priorities going forward.
In the theme group meetings, participants had the ability to raise any questions they had about Roger Stancil’s presentation or request any further information they might need.
Town staff provided a list of goals, based on the previous meeting summaries and prior discussion. The theme groups reviewed each goal, discussed why it was important, and began to wrestle with how to get there. Taking on seven to eleven goals was a challenge for all the groups, but they persevered.
Some groups made excellent progress, working through several or most of their goals. Others spent time reforming their goals and will continue their work at the January 12 meeting.
The meeting summaries and new information will be posted on the theme pages early next week for your comments.
Reporting out from this working group meeting will occur December 15 from 7-9 PM at East Chapel High School. Dr. Roper and Brad Wilson of the UNC Health Care System will be making a presentation January 5 at 6 PM at Council Chambers. And the next working session will occur on January 12 from 4:30-6:30 at Glenwood Elementary School.