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Commenting, community review period begins for diversity action items

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Commenting, community review period begins for diversity action items

Mattice Haynes helps lead the discussion during the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation at Ebster Gym on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips
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Mattice Haynes helps lead the discussion during the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation at Ebster Gym on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Mattice Haynes helps lead the discussion during the Community Action Planning Cafe Conversation at Ebster Gym.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

The period for community review and comments for the Better Together diversity action items has begun.

The review period goes until Monday, November 30.

A recent meeting to review a draft of the diversity plan revealed no plan had been created yet. Instead, a list of 71 action items were provided, created from input at previous Better Together community meetings.

The city said in an email, that the “action items are now available for your review and comment via Open City Hall. Click here for all the details or go directly to the forum here.”

It also noted, “In-person opportunities to review and comment can also be found at City Hall, the Decatur Rec, Ebster Recreation Center, and the Decatur Library.”

Decaturish recently asked city officials and the Better Together consultant, Mattice Haynes, when the public would get a chance to see the full draft of the diversity plan beyond the action items. Haynes declined to be interviewed. Other officials said it would be available when it goes before the city commission on Dec. 7.

Here’s the full email from the city:

Better Together Action Items Ready for Community Review and Comment

Acting on Principle B from our 2010 Strategic Plan Decatur’s Better Together Initiative is a currently active effort to build deeper connection, understanding, and mutual respect among the Decatur community.

Through successive meetings, hundreds of Decatur neighbors have come to the table, engaged in face-to-face conversation, and developed a proposed list of steps – action items – that the city, nonprofit partners, and even individuals can take forward to help preserve and foster diversity of all kinds.

Those action items are now available for your review and comment via Open City Hall.  Click here for all the details or go directly to the forum here.

In-person opportunities to review and comment can also be found at City Hall, the Decatur Rec, Ebster Recreation Center, and the Decatur Library.

Commenting ends Monday, November 30.

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Dena Mellick

Dena Mellick is the Associate Editor of Decaturish.com.

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