Added City Meetings

Posted June 25th, 2014 @ 5:57 AM by

From the equity report “One of the guiding principles of the RESJ Initiative is authentic, ongoing public engagement and participation.” . . . if we want results, we could start here. Give the public adequate notice of meetings so they could participate if they wanted. To do this, the culture and attitude in city hall has to change. These meetings were all added late and not on the weekly meeting list Monday morning or Friday afternoon, they are all during they day. To me, this signals, they do not want or care about public participation. These kinds of things didn’t used to happen on this regular of a basis, they would have been the exception to the rule, now 3 – 10 meetings are added, nearly a 1/3 of the meetings for the week sometimes, with very little notice to the public. And, they are meetings with NO links to materials that will be discussed, but that doesn’t matter because low income people and people of color don’t need to worry their pretty little heads about the details. And people of color and low income people don’t need to know about the environment or phosphorus in our lakes, or any of that fancy stuff, this is for rich white people who have jobs they can just leave in the middle of the day. We definitely wouldn’t want them involved in any strategic planning . . . (um, isn’t this what the whole equity assessment tool that the city and county are talking about is all about!)

Added 9:32 yesterday
Meeting: MADISON METROPOLITAN SEWERAGE DISTRICT ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT SUBCOMMITTEE
Date: 6/25/2014 1:00 PM
Location: 1610 MOORLAND RD

Agenda
– Development of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Natural Resources
– Discussion related to Dane County serving in a role as a potential future broker
– Regional Conservation Partnership Program
– Update on phosphorus modeling and related items

Added 9:43 yesterday
Meeting: YAHARA WINS WATERSHED ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT PROJECT – EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Date: 6/26/2014 2:15 PM
Location: 1610 MOORLAND RD

Agenda
– Discussion and possible action on funding increase for Yahara WINs 2014 phosphorus reducing grant
– Discussion and possible action on funding support for Harvested Stream Buffer Phosphorus Reduction Initiative
– Discussion and possible action on funding for Yahara Pride 2014 request
– Discussion on building capacity for a full-scale adaptive management project by beginning to work on organizational and brokering structures
– Tour of Phosphorus Harvesting System following adjournment

Added 9:47 yesterday
Meeting: WATERSHED ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT PROJECT – STRATEGIC PLANNING WORKGROUP
Date: 6/26/2014 1:00 PM
Location: 1610 MOORLAND RD

Agenda
– Yahara WINs Pilot Project
– Harvestable Buffers program expansion
– Building Capacity for a Full-Scale Adaptive Management Project: Memorandum of understanding with DNR, Organizational structure and brokering, Yahara WINs communications committee
– 2014 Wisconsin phosphorus legislation

Ok, I’m done with the sarcasm and snarkiness for now . . . but seriously folks . . . equity? We have a long ways to go to reach our “guiding principles” . . . we can’t even get the simple things done.


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