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Master Plan Steering Committee

6/16/08…

DEAD IN THE WATER?………

That was the remark made by the Vice Chair…last night….if the group continues on this way….

No drama involved with that remark….just the correct analysis of a group of people…granted not enough people…through no fault of their own…ready to contribute their time…their ideas and their vision for this town … in limbo…

Great it was back on TV…of course it should never have been removed….but sadly it was a repeat of a handful of other meetings…stuck with no direction…nothing to work with… just a list…of possibilities…leading where?………

This needs to be another one of those early mistakes with the new majority…the new administration…that needs to be rectified…ASAP!…

Go back to the drawing board…admit the mishandling of the boards…especially this one was huge….and start over…with the Master Plan Steering Committee…

Loosen the reins….move Paul Novak up to Chair…he has been for 2 meetings and was Vice Chair last year…he knows what they accomplished previously…and can guide the transition forward…while working with both the commission and the group…

Let the group expand…7-10 members…drop the alternates…they are a waste for this type of committee…make them members… give them a seat at the table… and add in some business owners…and non- CIC members….for more diversity …..

Let the residents and business owners know that they do not have to fear a public thrashing from anyone on the dais…and can assured of being treated in a manner more fitting to anyone who offers their time…

Inform them from the dais…in the papers…online…on channel 78…no personal financial information will be required to join Master Plan Steering ….

Assure them that the group can decide amongst themselves who will be the new Vice Chair…if Paul accepts the top position…if not …then of course the Chair should also be chosen by the appointees…as it has always been done until this fiasco…

Then let them go….on the immediate projects…directed previously by Comm. Dodd…solar lights for the pavilion…for the 1st “green” project with lighting in town…new member Bob Eckblad had some ideas on this… and the “wall of acknowledgment” at the the pavilion that takes over for the portal plaques…voted on by the Commission a while back…

Former member Shevaun Steward-Kuhn…who really should be back in the thick of things…back on the board…introduced the idea of the “branding of LBTS”…picking up on the idea floated to go back to the students who brought us the pavilion…to work on gateways…banners…signage…..to tie it all together…

Then get someone to get out all the plans…and all the pertinent materials…for the long range planning….to deal with the repealed overlay districts…and work with the P&Z to deal with future development…and the referendums that will need to be done…next year…

After all the name of this committee is the Master PLAN Steering Committee…

BCbythesea…has attended these meeting for quite some time…and when first attended….a few years back…the room was full of ideas…full of life…full of promise…and should be once again…

Take this opportunity to take advantage of the real estate lull….and be ready to go when the tide turns up once more…

Ready for developers…ready for a new Town Hall facility…ready for a future…

Commissioners…the ball is in your court….

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