In a small town I've found that a citizen advisory board that helps with strategic planning and only meets 2-4 times a year can be helpful, mainly to "try" out members that can be then moved to official boards (zoning,... (More)
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I agree with previous posters about “official boards.” They seem to devolve into patronage delivery vehicles and frustrate the participants that want to get work done. Many also prevent members from discussing topics with each other due to government sunshine... (More)
Speaking from my small city, they can have numerous problems if they are not used correctly. My city council creates them but gives them little direction and rarely any time frame so nothing happens.
The city manager suggested creating one... (More)