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Council News January 2010

Council Authorizes Special Meeting; Addresses Code of Conduct

By 12th Moon, 

Council President

Council held its December meeting at the Human Services Building on Dec. 15. We heard from Bini Reilly, our General Manager (GM), that our stores are continuing to do very well due to the efforts of our staff and management, that improvements continue to be made to both locations and that there are plans for even more improvements to be made early next year. Bini also announced that GreenStar has received an award from Sustainable Tompkins in recognition of the solar panels newly-installed on our receiving area roof.

A unanimous decision was made by Council to have GreenStar endorse the “Coalition Letter Requesting Governor Paterson to Withdraw the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement for Oil and Gas Mining” currently posted on the toxicstargeting.com website. This proposal was found to be in keeping with GreenStar’s commitment to ecological responsibility and leadership as there are many questions that still remain regarding the safety concerns and the environmental impact of the newly developed methods for natural gas drilling and extraction, as recent GreenLeaf articles have discussed.

The Personnel Committee brought a proposal to make some changes to our Council Code of Conduct’s Policy #3.12, intended to “improve our ability to work as a group and prevent individual member’s actions and statements from alienating members (including staff and the GM),” by allowing Council the ability to vote to censure or suspend a Councilmember for infractions of our Code of Conduct or for continued disruptions of Council meetings. There were many points for discussion and many ideas regarding our responsibilities as representatives of our member-owners and as co-workers with staff and management. The proposal was sent back to committee to continue working on it before presentation at our January meeting.

Another proposal, this one brought by our Governance and Monitoring Committee, intending to create super-worker positions for Council committees, was sent back for more work also. The intention of the proposal is to create new positions to assist with specified committee tasks (taking minutes, posting notices of meetings, research, drafting of proposals, etc.)  under the supervision of the committee Chair. There would also be provisions for the super-worker to work for more than one committee as needed to fulfill their two hour per week commitment. Both this and the previously mentioned proposal are the result of Council looking to improve its process and communications between Council and member-owners, staff and management.

Council authorized a Special Membership Meeting regarding Five-Year Expansion Goals to be held Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6 pm at the Women’s Community Building, with the agenda to be decided by Council at our Jan. 12 meeting. The decision included presenting to the membership for a vote any potential future expansion objectives or goals that could be realized within the next five years. Simply put, we need to solicit the support of our member-owners before we address any of the possible expansion scenarios that we are currently encountering. Please look for more information at the stores and on our web site (www.greenstar.coop), as the proposed voting period would start on Jan. 18.

 Finally, though Council and Bini have agreed to an extension of her contract with GreenStar, Bini has made the decision to leave the Co-op as of Feb. 27, 2010. She will continue to assist with continuing store improvement projects and to help with the transition toward a new GM through that date.

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  • By Dan Hoffman,
    Council Member

    ballot-boxGreenStar members can vote during October of this year on whether or not to change a policy enacted by the membership in 2003 about what kind of meat the Co-op is permitted to sell.

    For the first two decades of its existence, the Co-op did not sell meat of any kind. Then, in 1992, member referendums approved the sale of certain types of fish and poultry. The following year, a different referendum allowed the sale of pet food containing meat. A decade later, in 2003, members faced another pair of binding referendums. The first asked whether the Co-op should be permitted to sell meat oth...

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Next Council Meeting

Tuesday, September 9,
6:30 - 9:30 pm

The Classrooms @ GreenStar
(Former Enterprise Building)
702 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca

Members always welcome!

Possible Agenda Items:

 

  • Receive GM’s 2nd Quarter Financial Report
  • Proposed Procedure for Receiving Monitoring Reports
  • Select Tellers for October Vote
  • Monitor C.8 Governance Investment
  • Monitor C.9 Ombuds Program and Council
  • First Presentation of Council’s 2015 Budget

NOTE: Agenda is tentative and subject to change. To confirm items, see actual agenda posted here and at the stores six days before the meeting.

 

Upcoming Council Events

OCT
06

Governance Committee Meeting
Monday October 06, 06:00 PM

OCT
09

Membership Committee Meeting
Thursday October 09, 05:00 PM

OCT
14

Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday October 14, 06:30 PM

OCT
16

Personnel Committee Meeting
Thursday October 16, 05:30 PM

OCT
28

Executive Planning Committee Meeting
Tuesday October 28, 05:30 PM

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