Spent my first session at one of the OSU/city collaboration groups Tuesday. It was the neighborhood planning group, which met at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.
Was particularly interested in that group because of development issues that are brewing in town around infill projects that are attracting growing numbers of Oregon State students.
Interesting to watch the process unfold. Much of the night was taken up with modification of a motion that would have established another workgroup to look at on-campus housing issues.
Collaboration Corvallis project manager Eric Adams told me that a housing-oriented workgroup had been envisioned from the start of the process, but attempts to recommend one Tuesday died amid a spirited discussions.
Betty Griffiths, who had initiated the motion, ultimately withdrew it and worked instead to set up language that would make the concept more palatable to OSU Housing and Dining Services associate director of operations and facilities Dan Larson.
Larson appeared frustrated at a couple of junctures — and said so. Yet at the end of the process Griffiths said: “Thanks, Dan.”
And Larson responded: “That’s collaboration.”
One final note. After the work on on-campus housing the workgroup attempted to move on to prioritizing its list of projects for future meetings.
Unfortunately, not everyone had copies of the document with the list. So, Adams collected coins from workgroup members, left the library meeting room and made copies using the library’s copier.
Even one of the visitors at the meeting chipped in with some change.
That’s collaboration, too.