At last night’s community meeting in Boulder, Matt Kolhass strongly recommended that people hold off on paying off their mortgages with money received from the SBA. He said that that it may not be to their benefit in the long run. Matt is researching the process and tradeoffs and will report back to the community. He did not have time to go into any more details.
The main purpose of the meeting was a kickoff to the Master Planning process with HDR Engineering who volunteered their time to help us to begin brainstorming ideas about what we want our community to be like. Some things that stood out for me:
- HDR’s acknowledgement of Jamestown as a remarkable community that has taken responsibility for recovery and swung into action. They said they work with many other communities including ones that are still “waiting for something to happen” after their disaster.
- Many brainstorming ideas but strong consensus around the idea that Jamestown should maintain it’s current character including remaining “funky” and isolated. HDR will publish all the ideas and they will be posted here when they are available.
- One of our big challenges is going to be balancing changes for rebuilding and future flood mitigation with tax base. Declare land and property unbuildable and you erode the tax base of an already cash-strapped town. It will be interesting to work through those challenges but I am sure we will.