It’s time! This Wednesday marks the first public meeting for citizens to help us determine how community centers can be run more effectively and more efficiently. We heard hundreds of requests during the budget process to keep all 26 centers open without making cuts to programs or hours. Now’s the time to help us figure out how best to accomplish that, and we’re counting on ideas from the people who use these centers the most and perhaps those folks who don’t use them at all. We’ve got a list of questions for this week’s meeting that we need answers to, and the answers can only be provided by you.
Tuesday, February 2nd
330 19the Avenue East
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The bottom line is very simple and stark: the cost to run the centers far exceeds revenue brought in from center programs. This meeting is one of a series of first steps in a comprehensive attempt at exploring alternatives that would offer continued services for the public, while reducing costs. New methods of management, staffing, fundraising and partnerships will be explored. If you’ve got ideas and want to share them, please join us.
If you can’t make it to Miller Community Center on the 2nd of February, then please send your suggestions to me and I’ll make sure we add them to what I hope will be a long list of best practices, innovative suggestions, and imaginative solutions.