Video: November 5 Best Practices Meeting; Media Coverage Wanted; Marathon Session on Tap for November 12

Northampton’s Best Practices Committee met at the Board of Public Works conference room at 125 Locust Street on November 5. Here is a complete Vimeo video of the meeting as recorded by Jendi Reiter. It’s one hour and 36 minutes long.

Selected highlights:

16min:30sec: Discussion of how to interest the Gazette in the work of the Best Practices Committee… City Councilor Bob Reckman: “They don’t have reporters to cover local stuff compared to what they used to have.” Wendy Foxmyn: “They have not come the whole time we’ve met [in 2008].”

38min:15sec: Alex Ghiselin: “What we have not really begun or made any progress toward is consensus on what we’re actually going to recommend, and it seems like the heart of the matter…”

48min:35sec: The committee will meet at 6pm next Wednesday, November 12 [in the 2nd Floor Hearing Room of City Hall, 210 Main Street]. This meeting may take up to four hours to synthesize input for the report due in December to the City Council. The public is welcome to attend.

See also:

Press Release: Best Practices Committee Begins Final Report
“We are inviting
Northampton residents, business owners, and others who interact with
city government to inform us of your thoughts about the city’s
decision-making practices and urge people to contact us as soon as
possible, with comments for the draft final report”, said Lisa DePiano,
Committee Co-Chair…

The public
can contact us in several ways: attend our next meeting on Wednesday,
November 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the JFK Middle School, contacting committee
members (contact information is on our website:, or write to us at: Best Practices Committee, c/o City Council Office, City Hall, 210 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060.

Web Home of Ad Hoc Committee on Best Practices in Northampton Decision-Making
Next Meetings:

November 12, 2008
6:00 PM
2nd Floor Hearing Room, City Hall
210 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060

November 19, 2008
6:00 PM
J.F.K. Middle School, Classroom 103
100 Bridge Road,
Florence, MA 01062

Best Practices Meeting Minutes