Attendees: Ron Budzik, Brian Carr, Dan Foley, Joe Geraghty, Mark Henry, Franz Hoge, Mike Kelly, Mark Kingseed, Valerie Lemmie, Paul Leonard, John Lumpkin, Mike McQuiston, Tony Ortiz, Mike Parks, Alan Pippinger, Alan Schaeffer, Tony Taylor
Staff: Jim Vangrov, Hugh Quill, Shannon Martin, and Judy Keyes
Meeting was called to order. All were welcomed by Bro. Raymond Fitz, S.M. Advisory Committee Facilitator and member of Dayton Together. Bro. Ray asked each person to introduce themselves and indicated why they are interested in participating in the Advisor Committee.
Bro. Ray introduced the work of the Dayton Together Advisory Committee using the attached handout. The overarching purpose of Dayton Together is to explore new approaches to the structure of local government that could lead to a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable future for all citizens of Montgomery County.
The objective for the first meeting is introduce the Advisory Committee to the two work products of Dayton Together: 1) The Case for Change in Montgomery County and 2) Draft Charter for Montgomery County and Dayton-Montgomery Metro Government.
Bro. Ray reviewed the preliminary draft of the Case for Change. The Case for Change emphasized the issues of urban sprawl, growth of poverty and its impacts on families and children in Montgomery County, the decline in manufacturing and the resulting decline in the living wage, loss of local government funds from the State of Ohio, Property Tax Rate of the County and the growth in economic and racial segregation. The Case for Change concluded with statements on economic and racial segregation having a negative impact on the upward mobility of the poorest residents of the County and being a detriment to regional economic growth.
In its preliminary view of the Case for Change the Committee made the following observations:
The current draft of the Case for Change illustrates well the growth of poverty in Montgomery County. This point has also been made in the joint Strategic Plan for Human Services being developed by the Montgomery County and the United Way of Dayton.
The Case for Change must to bring together the different interests of all the citizens and communities of Montgomery County. The current draft does not do this in a sufficiently strong manner.
A business case needs to be made why the change in the structures of collaboration and governance are important to the greater Dayton region.
Next, Dan Foley, Paul Leonard, and Valerie Lemmie introduced the Draft Charter for Montgomery County and Dayton-Montgomery Metro Government. Dan Foley introduced the history of the Charter development; Valerie Lemmie outlined the principles used in formulating the Charter and; Paul Leonard and Dan outlined the different elements of the Charter. Dan, Paul, and Valerie responded to a number of questions for clarification that were raised by the Advisory Committee.
It was suggested that someone gather information on the Consolidation of the Dispatch Centers and to see if money was saved in these consolidations.
It was recommend that members of the Committee view the Dayton Together web site http://daytontogether.com/ for further information. Meeting Notes from the Advisory Committee meetings will be posted on this web site.
Dayton Together is a 501c4 organization of concerned citizens who have met for the past two years to explore new approaches to the structure of local government that could lead to a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable future for all citizens of Montgomery County.
Case for Change in Montgomery County – A compilation of trends and data that Dayton Together believes illustrates a critical need to invent new structures of collaboration and governance among the communities of Montgomery County.
A Draft Charter for Montgomery County and Dayton-Montgomery Metro Government – A proposal for a new approach to collaboration and governance in Montgomery County.
Dayton Together now believes these work products can benefit from a review by citizens and leaders of the Montgomery County community who are concerned about the future of Montgomery County.
What is the purpose of the Advisory Committee?
The Advisory Committee has the following purposes:
To review the Case for Change in Montgomery County, to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the Case and advise how a revised Case can be better communicated to the citizens of Montgomery County
To review the Draft Charter for Montgomery County and Dayton-Montgomery Metro Government and identify its strengths and weaknesses as an appropriate structure for collaboration and governance in Montgomery County
To advise Dayton Together on the constructive ways to create a more responsive form of government.
For example, the group will examine the importance of determining how much savings a restructured government would generate. Many community members want to know under a metro government, can we save money as a result of that change in structure so that we could either reinvest those dollars back in the community without raising taxes, or reduce the tax burden for all.
What are the expectations of members of the Advisory Committee?
Many concerns, questions, and criticisms have been raised in the Montgomery County community about the Draft Charter. The Advisory Committee is being structured to bring together citizens of Montgomery County with varied interests to have a constructive conversation around the two work products developed by Dayton Together, the Case for Change and the Draft Charter. In order to have this constructive conversation we ask the members of the Advisory Committee to come to the table with an open mind and committed to respectful dialogue with other members of the Advisory Committee.
How will the Advisory Council operate?
Bro. Raymond Fitz, S.M., past-president of the University of Dayton, has agreed to facilitate the conversations of the Advisory Committee. There are five Advisory Committee meetings scheduled on Wednesdays – April 20, 27, May 4, 11 and 18. All of these meetings may not be need. Each meeting will start at 4:00 pm and conclude by 5:30 pm. These meetings will be held in the first floor classroom (B) of the University of Dayton RecPlex, and parking will be available in “C” lot across the street. Brief meeting notes will summarize each of the meetings of the Advisory Committee and these will be e-mailed to the participants and posted on the Dayton Together website: http://daytontogether.com/events/. A Summary Report will be prepared at the end of the Advisory Committee deliberations which will summarize the consensus judgments of the Advisory Committee as well as the dispute issues and questions they have identified.