In an embarrassing gaffe the Baxter City Council recently demonstrated that government sometimes needs more than a specific objective and a time line. It needs the ability to communicate and follow through on policy decisions.
On Oct. 22, the Coalition for Responsible Development urged the Baxter Long Range Planning Commission to recommend that Baxter, Brainerd and Crow Wing County representatives meet and discuss the possibility of a superstore moratorium.
The Baxter City Council agreed with the idea and the 45-day time line but no meeting was ever arranged. Apparently, various parties assumed that someone else was arranging the meeting. Seven months later coalition members are still waiting to see a task force meeting materialize.
Apparently none of the three government entities involved had enough interest in the issue for someone to pick up the phone and inquire about the status of a task force meeting.
This lesson demonstrates why it's the squeaky wheel that gets oiled. And unless the wheel continues to squeak it can easily be ignored.
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