Huffman is heterogeneous. By that, I mean we have different people living in our neighborhood, who have a variety of interests, passions, lifestyles, and opinions.

Recently, one topic has stirred up the concerns of many residents. We’ve learned that a drug-addiction treatment center is seeking to relocate nearby. Residents quickly reacted to the news with questions, assumptions, and opinions (or no opinion). Some people were angry or worried about the possible negative impacts this center or its clients may have on the neighborhood.

How did we manage the situation? We talked it over.

I’m impressed by the actions of our neighborhood association president. As the situation gathered steam, she harnessed it before it ran off the rails.

Our neighborhood president invited the treatment center representatives to our monthly meeting for a Q&A session. She invited our city of Dayton neighborhood liaison to moderate the meeting. She set ground rules for an orderly and respectful discussion. And then she let the conversation unfold.

At the end of the meeting, I was very pleased with how the process worked, and with the information I came away with. Everyone had multiple opportunities to ask questions. Residents wishing to get further involved can choose to meet again with our possible new neighbor.

Historic Huffman residents have many opinions. We don’t always agree. But we should be able to–and do–talk it over.

6 Responses to “Let’s Talk It Over at the Neighborhood Meeting”

  1. Joanie Amato Spain Says:

    We [Historic Huffman Neighborhood Association] have a really great Board this year: unified, committed, and community-driven. This Board is working really hard to improve communications, promote the best of life and living in our historic neighborhood, and change things up a little. Having great neighbors sure makes is easier. Life is good in Huffman!

  2. Joel Michael Says:

    In the end, we’re all reasonable people. Nice job, Joanie and the HHNA!

  3. Elizabeth Newman Says:

    Drug treatment / rehab center? How close to the neighborhood? What sort of facility? Inpatient? Outpatient? How is the neighborhood reacting and what was the outcome of the meeting? Your blog doesn’t mention a neighborhood resolution.

  4. Facebook User Says:

    Frankly, I was hoping for something a little more exciting at the “Let’s Talk it Over -” meeting. Am I the only one who sensed that an awful lot wasn’t being said – that the passions you remarked upon were not in evidence – that we were at an abstainers convention rather than a red-blooded New England style town hall meeting? Like most of you, I understand that the rules established at the outset of the meeting greatly limited our opportunities to take the floor and virgorously challenege those with contrary opinions. I actually agree that those rules were a good thing . . . in this very particular case. This meeting was meant to be informative after all – a chance for us to learn something. Wth any luck, however, our restraint on that special occasion won’t discourage us from good-antured, vigorous and sometimes heated debate in the future. It’s the American way!

  5. Joanie Amato Spain Says:

    As current HHNA President, I’ll be happy to address the questions raised in the previous post. Project Cure is a methadone treatment center providing both inpatient and outpatient care. They are vetting a location in a largely industrial area ½ mile east of Historic Huffman. Our neighborhood, and several others, have been asked to help draft a “Good Neighbor Agreement” with the Center if this particular location is ultimately selected. Naturally, several residents voiced concern, so HHNA invited representatives from Project Cure to answer questions about methadone treatment in general and their program specifically.

    Dayton operates on a Priority Board system and Huffman is part of the Southeast Priority Board (SEPB); the neighborhood assoc is not a legislative body. What we can do is facilitate opportunities for residents to learn more about issues impacting our neighborhood. At the conclusion of the meeting, our moderator [a City employee] told Huffman residents what they could do if they have further concerns or questions. One option is to contact the SEPB at 333-7373.

  6. Danielle Dumont Says:

    20 months later, and there has been no news nor indication that the drug treatment clinic will locate nearby.

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