|re: Work Requirements||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Stephanie Fassnacht (fassnachssc.wisc.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2000 13:58:08 -0600 (MDT)|
Sharon Villines asked how much work it takes to keep things running. Village Cohousing is far from a mature community; we aren't yet quite a year old. So I'm hoping that the amount of work required will be less at *some* point in the future. I truly didn't expect the work requirements to be so great after move-in as they have been this year. We have a business meeting once a month, but are considering having two a month for a while because there's too much business to process in the two hours we've alloted per month. We've had two full-community work days so far, and commonhouse cleaning, which takes about 4 hours for a team of two, only requires participation once every 6 weeks / team. This stuff isn't bad. It's the committee work that's the real killer right now. Most of the committee work thus far has been involved in getting things up and running: meal prep, kitchen finances, initial budgets, getting the common areas furnished and supplied on a regular basis, working out guest room policy, and policies for commonhouse use by large or outside groups, working out a snow removal and grass mowing schedule, creating and training a group of mediators, fine-tuning our communications and consensus practices, developing a waiting list procedure and materials/packets to hand out to interested parties, getting the sandbox, clotheslines and compost bins located to everyone's satisfaction, figuring out who's responsible for maintenance problems in common areas, etc. I should have also said that most of us moved in before construction was completed, so that probably set us back a bit as far as getting our management up and running. It will be interesting for me, too, to hear from mature communities and to learn how this pattern of work might change over time. Stephanie Fassnacht Village Cohousing Madison, Wisconsin
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