In response to public outcry over the imposition of a stormwater fee on landowners in unincorporated Adams County, on April 1, 2013, the Adams County Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution creating the Stormwater Utility Task Force. A diverse group of 22 citizens were selected from people who answered the call for volunteers for the Task Force. The Task Force has been charged with developing recommendations to be given to the County Commissioners concerning alternatives to the fee as it is presently constituted. The County Commissioners placed no restrictions on the scope or content of the recommendations they expect.
I was selected to be the contract Task Force facilitator for its eight (and perhaps up to ten) two-hour meetings. The schedule for these meetings and the topics for each are given at the Adams County website given above. Two of the meetings have already occurred (on 5/22/13 and 6/12/13).
The first introductory meeting allowed the Task Force members to be greeted and then briefed by the County Commissioners on the expectations for the group. The members all introduced themselves, and I introduced myself to them as the facilitator of the Task Force. A discussion of the various members’ questions and concerns followed. I described the concept of consensus decision making to the group, and they agreed that they would use that method to arrive at group decisions. Then, the members considered a general set of twelve ground rules I proposed to them and discussed tailoring them specifically to this Task Force by adding a rule number thirteen about the role of non-member observers. The group arrived at […]