Operating Procedure Committee members:
From L to R: Craig Hammerman, Rita Miller, Steven Miller
CAG Neutral Facilitator: Jeff Edelstein
Natalie Loney of the EPA addressing the CAG
The April meeting of the Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group (CAG) took place at Metro Tech last night and foremost on the agenda was the ratification of the proposed charter presented by the Operating Procedure Committee.
Since the CAG has been operating without a framework since its formation, it was recognized that a Charter was a high priority, not only to make the CAG more productive but also to give it more stability and predictability.
Operating Procedure Committee members Rita Miller, Craig Hammerman, Maria Pagano and Steven Miller worked not only long hours but long days on producing a carefully crafted document that stresses community involvement, inclusiveness and is devoid of hierarchy.
It also aims at striking a fair balance between progress and process.
The draft was presented by Craig Hammerman, followed by a question and answer period.
The CAG members in attendance then voted.
The Charter was ratified with a "YES" vote by 23 of the 27 members present at the meeting.
To read the entire CAG Charter, click here.