Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group Meeting
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Mary Star of the Sea Senior Apartments, 41 1st Street, Carroll Gardens
The EPA was not present at the meeting. No decision yet as to siting of the CSO retention tanks.
CAG Status and Decisions to Date
Doug Sarno reviewed the CAG strategic decisions made to date.
The Facilitation Committee will meet once a month for half an hour before the start of the general meeting. The main job is to help set the agenda by making sure all committees’ issues are brought to the table. The Facilitation Committee will review the draft agenda and make decisions about shifting meetings and canceling as necessary. When posting on the website is not clear cut, they will make decisions about how that will work. Each committee will have a liaison to the Facilitation Committee.
The charter says that all members must belong to at least one committee; attendance rules for committees are the same as full meeting rules but committees have more flexibility in enforcing them. We need to get all meetings on a regular schedule for 2016.
The Real Estate committee has been renamed the Land Use committee, so we now have four operating committees, along with the Admin committee.
CAG Member: You want as much participation on a committee as you can get so if you pick one day, you’re excluding people.
CAG Member: Why do some people feel they have to be on multiple committees? It’s a sign of distrust. Committees should keep the same date for meetings for consistency.
CAG Member: We need to have a calendar of all committee meetings for 2016 so that meetings don’t get moved around all the time.
Doug pointed out that a shared night could potentially serve two committees. We can reserve one room for one night to accommodate multiple committees to be more efficient.