|Keeping a commonhouse Running smoothly||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (floriferousemail.msn.com)|
|Date: Sun, 27 Dec 1998 09:54:20 -0600|
Patty, in her through the looking glass #7 asked, What do you established communities do to keep your common house running smoothly? Is it a volunteer or a paid position? How often does it revolve to another member? What are the general duties? At Sharingwood the task of running the commonhouse does not fall on one person, there is a whole team that takes on that task. The commonhouse team works together on meeting the needs of running the building. Each month, one "household" in the community is responsible for a deep cleaning of the commonhouse which is done in addition to the regular, after dinner or after use cleanings, and we also have quarterly or so community work parties to do the stuff that needs doing. (For example, washing the windows) Our bulk food program is run separately from the commonhouse team, as is the whole community meal accounting and organization. These tasks are owned by individuals. The accounting also is owned by an individual, so paying the bills for the lights, etc. goes to the bookkeeper, not the commonhouse team. By spreading out all these tasks, it makes the duties of any one person or team a reasonable commitment. We have several work teams and at the annual meeting each year people who wish to swap assignments. Our system is not a perfect one, like any process reality lies between the potential and the glitches, but it works most the time, the commonhouse is usually pretty clean and well care for, although it occiasionally gets kind of funky around the edges until the next work party. One of the "differences" between us is our individual tolerance for disorder. Some folks like things neat as a pin, others enjoy that lived in look. This manifests itself in the commonhouse and so we create a task list of cleaning tasks for dinner clean up and for the monthly cleaning, the task list ensures we cover the middle ground. (If the neat as a pin, and the let it go types BOTH complain, you know you have reached middle ground) Sadly, we just had to put a long distance block on the phone on the commonhouse. The commonhouse phone was charged for several long distance phone calls. There will be discussion about it later in the month and maybe we can take the block off (We have three different dialing codes in our neigborhood and this means calling a neighbor can be long distance, so its a nuicance not to be able to call around to tell folks dinner is running late) One thing we do at Christmas is that we post a list of things we need in the commonhouse and people who are so inclined buy "gifts" for the commonhouse. We have gotten lots of nice things donated this way and it extends our capital budget for the commonhouse by encouraging those who can afford it to donate. This is one way we keep our montly assessment pretty low. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood
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