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Springs Alliance to update bylaws

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The Springs Community Alliance will be looking to update its bylaws at Thursday’s meeting.

Last month, the group re-wrote a rough draft of its bylaws and will take a second look in addition to looking at electing an executive committee consisting of a chair and a vice chair at next month’s meeting.

“People want clarity,” said Ellen Conlan, a member of the group’s steering committee. “They want to know what we are here to do. And we need to be more inviting and welcoming.”

The group, which was an outgrowth of the Springs Task Force Coordinating Committee and loosely formed after the demise of the Springs Redevelopment Advisory Committee, has been rotating chair duties for more than two years.

“I don’t think the rotating chair works,” Conlan said. “We need a more formal structure.”

In addition to electing an executive committee, the group is also mulling naming five standing committees. Conlan said the committee chairs would recruit members, set priorities and keep in contact with the executive committee. The five standing committees would be economic development; environmental safety, beauty and preservation; traffic and roadway issues; community liaison; and a communication officer.

“The chair (of the executive committee) needs to be the director or voice,” she said.

The group had two town hall meetings last year, but has yet to schedule one this year.

The alliance will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Sonoma Valley Grange, 18627 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma.