Statewide Adverstising

Meeting designed to get feedback from community

November 20th, 2008
Gaylord area residents are encouraged to attend a Community Get-Together on Tuesday, November 25th (7:00 p.m.) at American Lutheran Church. This meeting will give the community a chance to provide feedback on what was presented by the Minnesota Design Team.

Two months ago, the Minnesota Design Team made recommendations on how to improve the City of Gaylord. It is now time to take the next step as the first community meeting since the design team’s visit is planned for next week.

Creating a common vision for the future of Gaylord was the primary goal of the Minnesota Design Team’s visit. The Minnesota Design Team was made up of professional volunteers, many of whom where architects.

Community involvement was strong when the design team visited Gaylord in early September. A town meeting to gather ideas for Gaylord’s future evolved into a presentation by the design team. That presentation is now on CD which is available at the Gaylord library. Drawings from the presentation can also be found on Gaylord’s website.

Last month, a committee was formed to determine the best way to implement the design team’s ideas. That committee has met frequently in recent weeks and held a joint workshop Wednesday with Gaylord’s City Council.

Ronda Allis, from the Region Nine Development Commission, served as a facilitator for the workshop meeting. She will also facilitate next week’s town meeting.

Allis helped the group identify a purpose for the community meeting and establish goals.

Those purposes included:

• The desire to contribute to the vision for the community and to help make the vision happen;

• Leave Gaylord a better place than when I came;

• Prepare Gaylord for the future;

• Take pride in the community and keep the public involved:

It was the consensus at the workshop meeting that encouraging community involvement was critical to a successful future for the City of Gaylord.

Participation from all facets of the community is the goal of the implementation committee. Residents of all ages, business owners, board members, civic organizations and churches are all important in making the meeting a success, according to Chuck Klimmek, chairman of the implementation committee.

Klimmek said we need to keep moving forward after the design team’s visit. He said it is now known what things the City can do to improve. Next is determining when and how projects can be accomplished and the community is encouraged to participate in this process.

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