I commend DONE for responding so quickly to Laura
Chick’s report, but feel some courses of action should
be postponed until after the NCRC completes its
Actions related to the heavy monitoring and oversight of
NCs, the standardization of bylaws and any changes in
funding (i.e. percentage of budget to one category or
another) should be left until later. If DONE would like
to present suggestions to the NCRC about the above
items, I am sure the commission would be grateful for
input. But to make permanent changes seems premature.
In addition, there will be a new DONE GM in February.
This individual many have his/her ideas about the
department and the NC system. This person should be
heard before changes are implemented.
No decision should be made at this time with respect to
if, when and how the ordinance should amended. The NCRC
will be evaluating this and would surely like the
opportunity to present its suggestions.
It is my also understanding that Councilmember Hahn has
requested that no changes be made to the NC system until
after the NCRC report is completed.
The following items could possibly be embarked upon now:
Internal changes at DONE with respect to organization,
computers, databases, mileage reimbursement, redefining
the duties of NC Project Coordinators, etc.
An increase in training, such as classes on how to file
Enhancing the opportunity for NCs to “share best
In conclusion, I would hate to see efforts made in one
direction when the NCRC and the next GM may make
suggestions that differ substantially. It no doubt costs
money to implement changes. Why do it twice? Again I
commend DONE for its quick response, but think it wise
to slow down so that all voices can weigh in on these
(Charlotte Laws is a member of the Greater Valley
Glen NC and serves on the NC Review Commission.)