Fri
Aug 31 2007
06:13 am
By: WhitesCreek

You fine people will have to be in charge until I return. I'm sure there's some kind of outrage you can discuss while I'm away.

Like the letter to the editor calling for Roane County to support Rocky and Leon...That will be interesting.

And our schools seem to be uppermost on the list of concerns...followed closely by the lack of anything resembling a coherant plan for the future.

Be nice.

Well, they're working on it, but

getting ridiculed for the effort. The county govmint has begun a long range planning committee. I'm not sure why SOME of the people on there are necessary, but I certainly do see the need for a wide range of expertise on such a committee. But I seem to be hearing people heaping ridicule on them before they've even had a chance to get their feet on the ground.

I agree we need such on Roane. So let's urge them to continue and get on with it. And provide our input.

RB

Who is doing such a thing?

But I seem to be hearing people heaping ridicule on them before they've even had a chance to get their feet on the ground.

There is no long range plan that I am aware of, nor has any public announcement of the development of such a plan been publicized.

And more importantly, I know of no effort to involve the public in developing any kind of long range plan. Is some committee meeting in secret to determine the future of Roane County?

Would it be a good idea to involve public input?

Didn't say there was a long range plan...

I said there was a newly formed long range planning committee. Such a committee - I think only maybe coupla months old - can't formulate a believable product in that length of time.

No committee is meeting in secret. There ARE public (i.e. non-government) people on it if I remember correctly. Seems like there are about 17 members or so - from widely varying levels of expertise. I know of nobody that has rejected the idea of their receiving imput from citizens. There have been problems of all of them meeting at one time because of the committee size and the schedules of the members.

Can't publicize a plan before it's developed. And a long range plan takes time to develop. This has only started this summer. It's been in the paper, and, if I remember correctly, has been the subject of comment on the OpEd page or the RCN.

And to be clear - I wasn't meaning that you were heaping ridicule on the idea of the committee... but I have heard a number of people doing just that.

Good dialog, IMO.We need to talk about these things.

RB

asynchronous virtual meetings would pose no scheduling problems

"There have been problems of all of them meeting at one time because of the committee size and the schedules of the members."

Why not meet someplace public and asynchronous, such as online message boards? That way all schedules are accommodated.

The software is often free and hosting costs are trivial.

-- OneTahiti

That could be done...

But having sat on long range planning committees before, I can tell you it would take far, far longer to get a plan developed and ideas explored. It would slow things down significantly.

It's not a bad idea per se, but it would render the committee process so unwieldy that I fear it would die from not getting anything done.

RB

On the contrary

I have worked "virtually" since 1980. During that time I was part of many successful projects, including multi-million dollar corporate and government projects. I have found that virtual meetings actually speed things up and make the committee process much less unwieldy than the old-fashioned face-to-face way.

Even the Wall Street Journal and the GAO agree that increasing virtual work is desirable and cost-effective.

-- OneTahiti

I have a good idea how VPN and such access works...

I work in information technology presently myself. Simple to do - yes. Once the infrastructure is there. Getting the infrastructure there is the issue. We've already talked about the lack of internet infrastructure in much of the county. Let's say Commissioner Howard Rose - who lives way South of the River - and a commissioner from near Rhea County and a commissioner from "Up East" and a commissioner from Oliver Springs were on this group... how to connect economically is a significant question. Connecting easily isn't a real problem once the infrastructure is there.

Volunteers will do it?

That'd be fine if they have the resources. Are there enough that have the resources? I don't know myself. But my educated guess is no.

I think it'd be a great idea - as are many I've read here.

The question is how to do it and how to finance it.

RB

the resources are here

"That'd be fine if they have the resources. Are there enough that have the resources? I don't know myself. But my educated guess is no."

I suspect differently. :)

There are more resources here than one might think. :) (Sometime if you are really interested you might ask me privately how I know this.)

And again, "financing" is a pretty big word for something that might cost a few dollars a month, if that.

-- OneTahiti

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