Monday, June 20, 2011

I Watch the Patchwork Farms' Slow Fade into the Ocean's Arms

I'm glad I'm not a bird. I was watching some starlings yesterday wander the rock wall on the side of our house scanning the ground for anything that might have been washed closer to the surface in the last few days from all the rain. Another bird, I have no idea what kind, was in the driveway, drinking from a puddle. Ewww!

On the other hand, they might well look at the listing of this week's Norwich meetings and cough up that half a worm they were saving for the hatchling back in the nest (which is what they were doing in the first place; and pooping on cars out in the street). I find one of those two only vaguely appealing and let's not waste anytime guessing which, okay?

This is normally the night for the second regular monthly meeting of the City Council but that has been cancelled with the next regular meeting on the first Tuesday of July, the day after Independence Day.

The really good news in the shift of the Council meeting is we can all consider attending the home opener of the CT Tigers at Dodd Stadium starting at 7:05, against the defending NY-Penn League champions, Tri-City Valley Cats. A home team needs a home team crowd.
Tuesday afternoon at three-thirty in their conference room of the Norwich Public Schools' offices at 90 Town Street, it's a regular meeting of the Norwich Public Schools' Policy Committee. If you wanted to know what's been worked on in recent sessions or the agenda for this meeting, you could go here, but you'd be Sorely Out of Luck.

At five-thirty, it's a regular meeting of the Norwich Free Academy Board of Trustees in the Latham Science Center. Here's their revised meeting agenda.

At six, in Room 319 of City Hall, it's a regular meeting of the Personnel and Pension Board.

And at seven, next door in the basement conference room of the Planning Department at 23 Union Street, it's a regular meeting of the Commission on the City Plan. While the cessation of the Byron Brook development project has been getting a lot of ink in recent days, there's a lot more on the Commission's plate Tuesday evening and you shouldn't need me to point out that it's never eaten as hot as it's served.

Wednesday afternoon at three-thirty in the Central Office conference room at 90 Town Street, it's a regular meeting of the Norwich Public Schools' Building and Space Committee ('one small auditorium for Kelly Middle School, one major capital improvements project for mankind' though I do have to wonder if perfection isn't the enemy of good enough), not that you'll find either minutes or agenda here on the schools' website (a youngster matching the description of someone named 'Waldo' was located).

The special Board of Education meeting at four in the Central Office is an expulsion hearing and, aside from the opening and closing, is closed to the public as it well should be.

At six, in the Planning Department Conference room at 23 Union Street is a regular meeting of Reid & Hughes Committee, which is followed at six-thirty by a meeting of the 751 North Main Street Committee, both of which are part of a topic we'll all address more in the coming weeks and months, brownfields remediation and rehabilitation, because we don't have much choice since we don't have much land for development.

And at seven, in their meeting room on the New London Turnpike, it's a regular meeting of the Norwich Golf Course Authority, whose May minute meetings are here.

Thursday morning at 7:30 in the 77 Main Street offices of the Norwich Community Development Corporation (NCDC), it's a regular meeting of the NCDC Board of Directors. Ask for copies of both the May meeting minutes and June meeting agenda with a note to admin@askncdc.com; Shelley has moved on but other folks are checking that mail and will respond.

And Saturday morning, it's the next installment of the One City Forum, starting at nine in the Norwich Public Utilities' offices at 16 Golden Street, one of the best examples of reuse of "old buildings" in clever new ways I can think of. You'd think so, too, if you came to a meeting there as there's always room for one more and as many great ideas as you'd like to share. And while I'm quick to concede we can't do everything, we can each do something and that time is now.
-bill kenny

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