I’ve been increasingly aware of how the lack of communications by the City of Northfield’s various Boards, Commissions and Task Forces can often hinder their effectiveness. The Parks and Rec Advisory Board’s (PRAB) recommendation that the skatepark be located in Ames Park is the latest example. The Council and the public have been asking, “What about Riverside? Why not Babcock? Why did you reject Memorial?” And the PRAB is saying, in effect, “We already went through all that.” (continued)
It would really help to be able to go back and find out the details of the PRAB’s deliberations about Babcock, Riverside, and Memorial, just like last week, it would have been helpful to find out the details on why the Safety Center Task Force rejected various sites. But it’s not clear to me how improved communications could be accomplished. Cryptic minutes don’t really help, and extensive minutes would take someone’s (staff?) time to produce and then they’d need to be approved before they could be posted/publicized. Having a Council representative on a board or commission helps only a little, because their comments are rarely extensive or recorded.