Armed with more ideas – and hopefully more participants – from the Oct. 10, Springs Town Hall meeting, organizers are looking at single-topic meetings in the future.
The Springs Community Alliance had single-topic meetings in the past, but the single topic was usually what to do about kick-starting the Highway 12 sidewalks and streetlights project. But since the county’s Board of Supervisors decided to fund the project out of money that would have gone to the redevelopment agency, the group has been looking for new projects to tackle.
After last spring’s Town Hall meeting, the group collated the visions and problems and tried to put them into one of six topics – Beautification; Business; Community Identity; Health and Wellness; Safety; and Youth and Family. Within each of the topics was a list of items that participants identified – and there was some crossover with topics such as gangs, gardens, drug abuse, bike paths and code enforcement.
After a brief introduction of what would happen, the 40 or so people who showed up split into groups to look at problems and solutions. It wasn’t nearly the 100 people who showed up for the spring meeting, but organizers weren’t discouraged.
“I thought it went well,” said Ellen Conlan, a member of the group’s steering committee. “People were enthusiastic.”