|Re: Policies at first move-in?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2021 11:36:36 -0700 (PDT)|
On Apr 23, 2021, at 4:39 PM, Abe Ross <cohoyote [at] gmail.com> wrote: > > Note that not only am I asking what you did, I am also asking what, in > retrospect, you wish you had or had not done about these at that time. Most of the policies we needed couldn’t have been anticipated or well designed before we had the experience of needing them. What was more helpful was knowing who to contact for information — and who was collecting the information on things like telephone installations, moving truck arrivals, trash and recycling pick up, and who to call when things didn’t happen. With cell phones and laptops communications are much easier and most people will have one or the other even if everything else is packed. But they still need to know who has the keys to ———, what is the telephone number for ————, etc. Does the Association do this or do I? Perhaps have a designated contact, with some authority, for each area or service so information can be accumulated in one place. Without cell phones, telephones, computers, or a common house ready for use, we had a bookshelf in the breezeway so people could leave notes and information for each other. And have a central distribution spot. Focus on obtaining and communicating information and designating a person in each area who can make decisions (and change them when necessary). It isn’t a time to call everyone together to get consensus on whether to add an additional recycling pickup or not. Or what to do when the elevator overheats or whatever else they do when 10-20 households are moving in in one week. The technical stuff can bury you. Think about your last big group to-do. Organizing the alumni dinner with half the people coming from out of town. A sailing trip on a sailboat for 20-30 people. Moving into a college dorm or a group house. Just the physical effort and the personal decision-making will make people testy. Add to that things no one knows how to fix like the city classifying all the units as commercial and sending commercial rate tax bills 3 days after move-in. Who can handle that for everyone? It works a lot better if someone steps up and everyone else knows who it is. I don’t mean to make it sound so harrowing but it will be complex, but the complexity probably will not be caused by missing policies. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
Policies at first move-in? Abe Ross, April 23 2021
- Re: Policies at first move-in? Sharon Villines, April 28 2021
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