River Road Executive Board Meeting – July 12, 2010 (Potluck & Special Guest)

RRCO Executive Board Meeting
Monday, July 12; 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
River Road Annex, 1055 River Road

Increasing Urbanization: Opinions, options, concerns, and creative ideas

5:30 to 6:30 – Walking tour of nearby neighborhood with City Manager Jon Ruiz
6:30 to 7:00 – Potluck and public comment
7:00 to 9:00 – Board members and guests will discuss opinions about increasing urbanization, options available, concerns, and creative ideas for moving into the future.

Several members of our Board attended a Listening Session at Jerry Finigan’s home a few months ago, and it seemed to offer the opportunity to express our thoughts in a thorough manner. We are hoping the walking tour in the nearby River Road neighborhood will help us focus our minds on our situation, looking at what we want to preserve, what needs to change, concerns we have about the process and the options available, and search for creative ideas to take us into the future. Your thoughts are valuable to us.

Participants. Since RRCO meetings are open to the public, we can expect that some other River Roaders and perhaps others will attend. We have allotted time during the potluck time for the public to make comment. We are planning to limit comment from those outside River Road to those who have highly relevant expertise, for instance, Jerry Finigan or our elected officials. We are wanting a safe setting where candid, honest views may be expressed uninterrupted, not only by those who are the most verbal but also by those who are reticent to voice their views.

Parking. Park at the Annex at 5:30, and we’ll walk from there.

Walking tour: The final route has not been devised, but we anticipate that a mile might take us an hour. Wear your walking shoes and be ready for a stroll along our streets with big trees and our foliage at the height of green.

Potluck: Bring a food dish to share if you want, but the most important thing is for you to attend and share your thoughts.

Discussion: We are hoping to have 3 questions and go around the circle, giving each person a chance to answer. The first question (about 30 minutes) will have something to do with introducing yourself and making a short comment about something you saw on the tour or what roots you in River Road and motivates you to invest your time and energy to make a healthy community.

The second question (about 50 minutes) will focus on increasing urbanization–whatever your views are. Some potential questions: how will we manage growth, what will the neighborhood look like, how will we be governed, what do you think our neighbors are thinking and experiencing, what are the needs for services and how should we be taxed to pay for these services–parks, libraries, police, fire protection, roads, schools…?

The third question will be to list on cards (10 minutes); one side to look at our fears, the other side to list our best hopes for our neighborhood. Hopefully, we can share some of these and talk about some next steps (about 20 minutes).