Alex Beeby, Operations Manager at Just Food Co-op, stopped by my corner office at GBM this morning to let me know that their fiscal year-end is today and that they are $17,000 shy of hitting the milestone of $5 million in sales for the year.
So help them out by getting your grocery shopping for the week done today.
And while you’re there, consider applying for the General Manager position. Melanie Reid is departing and the Board is conducting a national search for her replacement.
While city leaders want residents to take precautions now, property owners want the city to give them more information before and during future flood events. "Where can we get accurate information?" asked Alex Beeby, who works at the Just Food Co-op on South Water Street.
Others who attended the meeting were critical of what the saw as the city’s inability to share necessary information with property owners along the river during last September’s flood.
And while city leaders, including Public Safety Director Mark Taylor and Tim Madigan understood residents concerns, disseminating real-time information during a crisis, they said, can be a challenge. The city will connect with local media outlets, said Taylor, and update its website as time allows.
I spoke at the meeting, too, pointing out that the City’s new flood preparedness information site is not set up for facilitating near-real time information flow. There’s no RSS feed, no email signup list, no blog. They don’t plan to use Twitter or Facebook. It’s a 1999 style web site, chock full of information and links but not set up at all to allow residents and local media to help new information flow virally through the social media landscape. City mothers and fathers don’t seem to understand that 1) the City is its own information channel; and 2) that its audience has audiences. It was more than a little ironic that the notice for that Feb. 28 public meeting was NOT posted to the City’s own flood preparedness page.
It doesn’t appear that we’ll experience severe flooding this spring. But who knows?