remains a proposed plan until the Town Board approves it]
lies completely within the Town's control.
county and the state control our major roadways. New York City and
of vacant land. The
Esopus flows through several towns. The rail trails will continue
to expand into dozens of communities and hundreds of miles. Many
senior services require a population base larger than Hurley's.
projects build on the interests, concerns and expertise of the many – residents,
landowners, businesses, professionals, special interest groups, and
town employees and department heads. But often the structure
and process of local government fosters adversarial rather than collaborative
we're tempted to say, "It's [fill-in-the-blank's] responsibility." But
it falls to the Town Board to see that Hurley's interests are addressed.
That means assuming a leadership role and coordinating among the various
agencies and interest groups.
can best accomplish our goals by coordinating with others. That coordination takes many forms – joint planning, consultation, coalition building, mediation and lobbying to name a few.
means consciously identifying and inviting the full range of stakeholders
to participate. It means employing alternatives to ‘public hearings’ like workshops and study circles. And it means utilizing a variety of communication media to inform and invite participation.
this means joining with other towns that share the same issues.
may also mean that public agencies may need to flex their
schedules to meet in the evening and on weekends when community
volunteers are most often available.
of the Plan's recommendations require coordination
and collaboration. They include two new standing committees
-- Traffic & Transportation and Senior Services Advisory Committees
-- and a call for additional volunteers to participate in a variety
some of the
entities (bordered with dotted lines) that