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File #: 19-0309    Version: 1
Type: Discussion Item Status: Filed
File created: 7/16/2019 In control: Beautification Task Force
On agenda: 7/29/2019 Final action: 7/29/2019
Title: Discussion Item: Future of the Beautification Task Force
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Discussion Item: Future of the Beautification Task Force

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SUBMITTED BY: Allie Ferko, CMC, Deputy City Clerk

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SUMMARY STATEMENT:
Mayor O'Neil requested a discussion item be placed on the July 2019 agenda regarding the future of the Beautification Task Force.
The purpose of a "task force" or "committee" is to meet for a specific period of time - often several weeks, several months to even a full year - about a specific topic. Once the deliverables for the task force/committee are completed, the group disbands.
The Beautification Task Force was first created by Mayor Cobb in 2012 to address a coordinated all-season community beautification and revitalization effort throughout the city. Mayors Weaver, Knight, and O'Neil have continued this effort. Visit the BTF website for historical details: http://www.valdezak.gov/401/Mayors-Community-Beautification-Task-For
Seven years later, the title of "task force" or "committee" appears to no longer be applicable for the beautification effort. It is now functioning as more of a permanent "commission". Since task forces are meant to meet for only a short duration of time, there are also currently no "term expirations" for task force members. Thus, there has been no opportunity for active recruitment of new task force members.
Mayor O'Neil would like to discuss the vision the current task force has for their future.
Since the Task Force has met the threshold of its original intended purpose, questions to discuss include:
* Does the Beautification Task Force have enough annual work to continue permanently into the future or should it be disbanded? Could the current functions of the task force be incorporated into the project development process or into the public outreach mission of city departments instead?
* Should the Beautification Task Force continue its work...

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