WEDNESDAY MORNING EDITORIAL — There’s an old saying that goes like this: when in doubt, wait.
The arts commission has been silent on the merger but heritage commission members have been making themselves clear — they don’t like it.
Tuesday, staff put the terms of reference for the merger on the agenda for City council’s consideration but neglected to inform the heritage commission. In view of the unhappiness within the heritage commission about the merger, it would have made sense to make sure its members weren’t surprised.
When commission chair Andrew Yarmie took a look at the council agenda, he fired off a letter to council expressing his group’s displeasure and asking for a decision to be delayed. Council agreed.
There are reasons for this misfire that have to do with a lack of communication. City arts and culture manager Barb Berger usually attends commission meetings, but she was away when the last one was held. The next one isn’t until tonight.
So, there was no opportunity for the commission to become aware via normal channels that the terms of reference for the merger were coming forward for approval.
But that just means somebody dropped the ball. Not a really big ball, maybe, but big enough that there are clearly some bruised feelings on the heritage commission that just keep getting bruisder and bruisder.
It will all end the same — the merger will go through. Heritage commission members will continue to be unhappy. Maybe some will quit. They’ll certainly have their suspicions that they aren’t appreciated confirmed.
Which is all very unfortunate, because they do important work.