Highlights of the Community Meeting, Part II

Highlights of the Community Meeting, Part II

photo credit: David Holzapfel

Close to a hundred Marlborians gathered last night for Part II of the Community Meeting Process with Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD).  Below you can find the Live Twitter coverage of the event (in a 140 characters or less)–including a link to the results of the town vote for the top two community priorities.

Don’t forget to mark your calenders for the last gathering of this three-part series slated for Monday, May 24.  VCRD will return with a resource team specifically organized to support the goals set by our town.

Meeting Highlights via Twitter Feed

Is a town pub on the docket for Marlboro? Come find out tonight! https://thisvtlife.wordpress.com/2010/04/29/community-matters-part-ii/

Part II of the Community Meeting in Marlboro about to get underway. Outback filling swiftly. Awesome choc. chip cookies!

Lots of socializing going on in the parking lot & the paths & around the tea pot; Part II of Marlboro’s Comm. Mtg. about to begin.

Chair Forrest Holzapfel (who looks like a young Ron Howard) opens the meeting in Marlboro tonight

More seats unfolded for the growing crowd here at Marlboro’s Community Meeting, Part II

VCRD Director Paul Costello , photo credit: David Holzapfel

Executive Director of VT Council on Rural Dev’t, Paul Costello addresses the community; says VCRD looks 4 towns ready to do this work

9 forums here last month in Marlboro with 27 visiting experts; tonight’s mtg is the middle of a 3 part process

Wil Fielding standing/photo credit: David Holzapfel

Townspeople taking turns reading summaries of “opportunities” identified at last month’s Comm Mtg.in Marlboro; voting will occur

After volunteering to read the “Generate Energy” topic, citizen Jonathan Morse is chided for adding commentary 🙂

The Principal of the elementary school arrives at tonight’s Comm. Mtg. The President of Marlboro College is also in attendance.

Though Marlboro is the SMALLEST community VT Council on Rural Dev’t has served, it has the HIGHEST participation proportionately!

Jean Boardman addresses the room/photo credit: David Holzapfel

#VCRD has 25 pages of notes from last mtg & will issue a report to the town next month following tonight’s Comm Mtg in Marlboro

Townspeople cont. to arrive at Marlboro’s Comm. Mtg–People I have NEVER seen BEFORE! Cool!

#VCRD impressed with Marlboro’s PASSION 4 “Sustainability” 45 ppl attended this topic mtg last month while 2 other mtgs took place.

Ellen Lovell, Marlboro College President, shares “Opportunity” linking Marlboro College more fully with town around volunteering.

School Principal Francie Marbury shares “Opportunity” 4 “Rte 9 Safety” plugging REMOVAL of passing lane in front of MES (no chiding)

What is the future of the economy here? Does all $$ need to run down hill? How do we invest in the next generation in Marlboro?

The idea of a “TOWN CENTER” comes up in a majority of “Opportunities” brainstormed for Marlboro at the last meeting.

Sunny Tappan addresses room/photo credit: David Holzapfel

Marlborian Sunny Tappan suggests REMOVING the word “SHOULD” from town language; many don’t “get it”

Marlborian Nancy Anderson questions why comm. daycare/preschool isn’t on list. School Board Member Loren Poster shares concern.

VCRD Exec.Director Costello echoes Craig Hammond point:not just voting on topic,but on all INTENT shaped around it at last mth’s mtg.

8th Grader Lucas Schoen makes request to dev’t more activities for youth in Marlboro.

“These are all good topics, but it seems that everything needs to fall under the Internet/Cell Issue FIRST” Frustrated Marlborian. HO!

photo credit: David Holzapfel

FUN! Everyone gets tiny envelope with DOTS inside. 3 Red dots=3 pts each. 5 Blue dots=one pt each. LET THE VOTING BEGIN!

ITZA DOT PARTY in the MARLBORO ELementary Outback. 100 townspeople posting their vote on the wall.

Dot Party/photo credit: David Holzapfel

OMG! That was SO MUCH FUN! Everyone sticking their DOTS where they want them! WIFI LOADED with red & blue!! Great Process!

What a VIBE here at the 2cnd Marlboro Community Meeting! Someone playing piano.Cookies all gone.Team counting DOTS.

18 Marlboro “Opportunities” narrowed down to 8 by the COOL DOT Voting Process. Boisterous room suddenly goes silent.

Childhood friends Jason MacArthur & Forrest Holzapfel (Chair of the Community Mtg Process) post the top 8 priorities 4 Marlboro Comm.

The Priorities established tonight will determine the focus for the 3rd Community Meeting in Marlboro.

Michelle, photo credit: David Holzapfel

Marlborian Michelle Holzapfel speaks to the viability of Sky Line Restaurant as our community center.

Marlboro College President/photo credit: David Holzapfel

Round TWO of DOT VOTING underway.8 Priorities narrowed down to 2! Mood much less jovial. #VCRD https://thisvtlife.wordpress.com

Last Votes. (Tom Simon)/photo credit: David Holzapfel

ANd the WINNERS are! The 2 focuses for Marlboro have been chosen! Stay TUNED!

photo credit: David Holzapfel

#VCRD INside scoop~Click the link 2 see the results of Marlboro’s Second Community Meeting;the top 2 “winners” R:

https://thisvtlife.wordpress.com/2010/04/30/and-the-winners-are/

Marlboro Resident Polly Wilson votes, photo credit David Holzapfel

Good Night, Marlboro. Another inspiring community process.

Yours Truly, Tweeting the Meeting, photo credit David Holzapfel

Kelly Salasin

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And the Winners ARE:

And the Winners ARE:

The DOT Voting Process at Marlboro's 2cnd Community Meeting with VCRD

Marlborians at the Second Community Meeting with the Vermont Council of Rural Development choose the top TWO focuses for ACTION.

Narrowed down from a list of 18, then a list of 8, the community has voted to act on:

Develop a Marlboro Community Center

and

Improve Walkability and Expand Bike & Walking Paths

Community Matters, Part II

Community Matters, Part II

“There is no power greater than a community
discovering what it cares about.”

~Meg Wheatley

The Youngest Attendee (photo: David Holzapfel)

Now that we know what matters to us as a community, it’s time to come together to make it happen.  Let’s have some fun!  (PS.  Don’t tell the little one, but a town pub was high on the priority list for most community members.)


Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Take a look at the guests for today’s Marlboro Community Visit:

Roger Allbee, Secretary, Agency of Agriculture

Suzanne Blanchard, Program Director, Smart Growth Vermont

Andy Broderick, Principal, New Generation Partners

Greg Brown, Executive Director, Chittenden Regional Planning Commission (Retired)

Paul Bruhn, Executive Director, Preservation Trust of Vermont

Patricia Coates, State Director, Congressman Peter Welch Office

Paul Costello, Executive Director, Vermont Council on Rural Development

Steve Gold, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Administration (Retired)

Julie Jacques, County Director, Farm Service Agency

Jeff Lewis, Executive Director, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation

Larry Mandell, Founder, Woodbury College

James Matteau, Executive Director, Windham Regional Commission

Johanna Miller, Co‐Chair, Vermont Climate Action Network

Max Muise, USDA Rural Development

Tom Murray, Executive Director, Vermont Telecom Authority

Jenny Nelson, Policy Advisor, Office of Senator Bernie Sanders

Nancy Owens, Executive Director, Housing Vermont

Bob Paquin, State Director, Farm Service Agency

Julian Portilla, Program Director, Mediation & Applied Conflict Studies, Champlain College

Chuck Ross, State Director, Senator Patrick Leahy Office

Will Sawyer, Program Manager, UVM Center for Rural Studies

Ryan Torres, Philanthropic Advisor, Vermont Community Foundation

For more information, contact Margaret at 802‐223‐6091 or info@vtrural.org.

During the three month process, towns create local goals and action plans and are assisted by a Visiting Team who brings state and regional expertise and resources to the table. These state and regional experts will be on hand as active listeners as community members from Marlboro share their challenges, inspirations and current work ongoing in town.

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