From discussions about a community neighborhood watch to Jeff Werner from the Piedmont Environmental Council talking about preserving rural areas in the face of coming growth (did you know the mobile home park on 240 is apparently/may be trying to get shifted into the growth area?) to a discussion about the coming Crozet hotel (almost entirely positive sentiments) to the opening of the paths through the lumberyard to the fact that folks want sexual offender Dumler to stay on the board because he’s a vote in the controlled-growth camp ….
Lots of stuff happens at these meetings. I’ve storified the meeting through tweets – click through this story to read the whole thing or read it on Storify.
@Storify is such a remarkable tool. I hope they never get sold or go away.
10 Replies to “Crozet Community Advisory Council Meeting – 21 February 2013”
Really? I’m somewhat surprised by your comment on Dumler. Is it not up to
the people who are actually in his district to judge him? Our Supervisor
refuses to step down from being Chairman of the BOS. She wants to play politics trying to leverage her Chairmanship into another board position. To
me, her refusal to allow the position to rotate is far worse than what another
person does in his private life.They should have to sit next to each other.
As far as the meeting, Do you really think the people attending represented
a decent cross section of the community? Start attending BOS meetings
and you will see what I mean. The dismantling of the Crozet area should not
be left to so few…
What he does in his private life is private until he sexually assaults multiple women and pleads guilty to such.
I didn’t state that that was a cross-section of the community. I stated that change happens at those meetings. Right or wrong, the CCAC has influence; one can choose to be involved there or not.
I’ve found that few have the time to attend meetings – CCAC, BoS, etc. – but that doesn’t negate that those meetings – in aggregate – are important.
The fact is the CCAC, if you look at the committee members, is a very good cross section of Crozet. This is not to mention the number of people who attend the meetings on a regular basis, but are not members. Then again, you have to attend the meetings to know that.
I mostly agree.
The key constituency that is missing (from the meetings I’ve attended) is a fairly large percentage of Crozet – younger parents with kids.
I’m not sure how to remedy this, but I’ve rarely seen this group represented at the CCAC.
At the last CCAC meeting there were parents from both Crozet and Brownsville Elementary school, who were given time to talk about education in Crozet. This is not the first time the subject of schools has come up. The last time there was an educational issue, input from the CCAC resulted in changes that gave students more access to Brownsville using the walking trails. The CCAC on multiple occasions has invited school officials and our representative to the School Board to attend meetings. There are, I believe, two openings on the committee so if you feel this demographic is missing then I would suggest you get the word out to people you know to apply for a committee position.
You are absolutely right. I did not mean to imply that that demographic was not listened to.
What I meant is that very rarely do I see those folks there because, from my personal experience, getting out for a 7 o’clock to 9 o’clock meeting is very difficult when having kids at home.
Please excuse any perceived brevity or curtness. Sent from my phone.
Off the top of my head, there are 3 members of the CCAC with children in the elementary schools.
Jim is right. That time is not great for getting kids to bed, etc. But they are important. Lots of information being discussed. If you care about the future of Crozet, you need to attend these meetings. I wish I had more time to commit to being on the CCAC, but the reality is that I don’t.
Your right, we should always be trying to make sure we have the widest range of community interests as part of the committee. I feel that to some degree it may be hard to recruit this demographic because of how busy young families are today.
Tom – Agreed, and that’s why I brought it up. I don’t have a solution to propose (much preferred) but I do think acknowledging that deficiency is important (and hopefully some will attend).