After discussion with several of the citizen members of the Wards Corner Task Force, it has been decided to hold the regularly scheduled meeting as planned for Thursday February 14th at 8:30 am at the Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center, 7300 Newport Avenue, without the presence of the Council and City Representatives who cancelled the meeting. The agenda for the meeting will be to finalize our action plans/strategy as discussed and agreed upon at the last Tuesday Greater Wards Corner Partnership meeting. See you there.”
The Greater Wards Corner Task Force to meet Thursday without Council members and City RepresentativesFebruary 12, 2008
The city managers office sent the following email out yesterday:
There are a number of common issues that have been raised during recent Greater Wards Corner Task Force meetings. Many of the issues are related to the Wards Corner Neighborhood Plan. We are attempting to find better ways to communicate meaningful information to task force members. However, currently the meetings are not structured in a way that creates opportunities to problem solve or opportunities to engage in productive conversations that are results oriented.
During the past month, we have heard these concerns from City Council members as well as residents and business owners in the Greater Wards Corner area. As a result of these dialogues, we are cancelling the next scheduled task force meeting (February 14) in order to gather additional feedback as we restructure the task force. During this period of time, we will solicit additional ideas and provide feedback to the task force members at the next scheduled meeting (March 13).
It is our intention that through this dialogue, we will establish a stronger task force which will include representation from each of the neighborhoods as well as representation from schools, hospitals, and other businesses. Our expectation is that the larger task force group will continue to meet on a regular basis and a smaller task-oriented group will meet more frequently. The key in both groups is to ensure that all stakeholders are at the table and that their concerns are heard.
Again, the Greater Wards Corner Task Force meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 14, 2008 has been cancelled. The next regularly scheduled task force meeting will be held on March 13, 2008.