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Urbanna: Building a new team

by Tom Chillemi

New Urbanna Mayor Diane Gravatt took a fresh approach to her first meeting as mayor on January 10, 2019.

She opened with “Team Building Exercises” that involved council and the audience listening to the classical work “Bolero.” Gravatt said the piece starts slow and builds, in the same way she hopes council will.

Then, council members and staff broke into groups of three persons to develop creative ideas to a hypothetical situation where they had been willed 750,000 used and broken refrigerators. Solutions ranged from using them for storage coolers or water troughs to making raised flower beds or art works. One group said use them to build “a wall,” which drew laughs.

The exercises were a way for the new council to break the ice, and it appeared to work well.

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posted 01.17.2019

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