Commentary

What’s next?

Community leaders’ next task is turning visions into actions

When the Golden Spike was about to be driven into the railroad tracks at Promontory Point, Utah, in 1869, uniting America’s railroads coast-to-coast, the first order of business was the invocation by Rev. John Todd, Congregationalist minister.

The story goes that Dr. Todd prayed so long, the telegraph operators, waiting to flash the news to both coasts, tapped in: “We have done praying; stand by for action.”

That’s kind of where Rockdale’s very successful visioning meeting, which drew 111 participants to the Patterson Center on Thursday, is at the moment.

We have done visioning; stand by for action.

Translating the input from concerned Rockdale residents expressed in large and small group sessions Thursday (see story page 1A) will take some time, probably a month to six weeks.

First, facilitator Tom Stellman and the three group leaders—Municipal Development District (MDD) Executive Director Tom Manskey, City Councilwoman Melody Dawson and Cindy Jerman, coordinator for the local office of Workforce Solutions of Texas—will need to combine their notes to get a detailed list of all the comments and suggestions made Thursday.

Then it will be up to, quite literally, everyone in the community to follow through.

Manskey foresees a prioritizing process in which a list of concerns, ideas, possible avenues of action, are presented to all those who signed up Thursday.

Then comes the process of turning those priorities into projects, or at least into specifications for action.

That will take some time. Some will probably fall by the wayside. Some may take hold and blossom. It won’t happen overnight.

The hopeful bottom line: Stand by for action!— M.B.


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