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January 10, 2013

TALKING REDEVELOPMENT:Commissioners, administration look for better communication



A two-way street

The lack of communication about redevelopment projects also falls on the shoulders of the commissioners, according to Moore and Waiz.

Waiz said the process before a redevelopment commission meeting is to send out an agenda the Monday before the Wednesday night meeting.

“If they have any questions they can call us,” he said. “If they need something we’ll give it to them. We’ve been doing the same thing ... for a full year. Just come talk to us. I have an open door, they have my cell phone, my email ... communication is a two-way street.”

Moore added that the commissioners did not have an issue coming to the redevelopment director under the previous administration and asking questions.

“They utilized it quite a bit the four years before I was here,” he said of the redevelopment office. “If there’s a lack of communication, questions should have been coming to us. I think it is their responsibility as commission members to ask questions; they’ve not done that. I will continue to have an open door to any redevelopment member ... [but] it’s not my responsibility to track them down.”

At the December redevelopment commission meeting, Lake requested a list of potential projects for 2013 be presented to the commission.

Waiz said he had a meeting with Lake and Stevens after the last meeting and discussed some of the city’s ongoing confidential projects. He added, as requested, he will be putting together a presentation for the January 30 meeting.

“We want better communication from the administration and the director,” Stevens said. “The goal is to have the communication improved on both sides.”

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