Process to Determine the Future of the Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Center

Fourth & Gill Neighbors:

As a neighborhood we have an important decision to make about our Neighborhood Center. The building, at 800 N Fourth Ave, was gifted to the neighborhood 53 years ago. Now the time has come to decide if we want to keep it or sell it. To make the best decision for the neighborhood, we need your input.

Here are key dates in the decision-making process. We invite you to participate:

  • Wednesday, November 3: Neighborhood Input Meeting (moved from Oct. 27)
    • Time: 6:00 to 7:30pm 
    • Place: Central United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall
    • The meeting will be facilitated by the East Tennessee Community Design Center (ETCDC). There will be a presentation on the history of the Neighborhood Center and the options to keep or sell, followed by a panel question and answer session.
  • November 4: The ETCDC’s website for our process goes live
  • Nov. 4-9: Any *FGNO member can submit questions, either electronically via the website, or on paper in ETCDC mailbox
  • Nov. 10-14: Submitted questions are answered and posted above
  • Sunday, November 14: Fourth & Gill Community Conversation
    • Time: TBC
    • Place: United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall
  • November 14: Deadline to sign up to become a FGNO member (*). This is to ensure we can check the membership roll and send the ballot to each member
  • November 15 to 30: Voting period (by electronic and paper ballot)
  • December 7: Results are announced

Click here to visit the ETCDC page.

To learn more about the two options click below:


* FGNO Membership:

To participate in this process – and ultimately cast a vote – you need to be a registered member of the Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Organization (FGNO). 

  • Any resident of Fourth & Gill who is 16 and older can sign up to become a member, which confers the right to vote in neighborhood matters. Membership runs annually. 
  • To become a 2021 member, please complete the Register for 2021 Fourth & Gill membership or send your name, address and email address to the secretary, Melynda Whetsel (artgoddess@comcast.net). 
  • You may also sign up on sheets provided at the Nov 3 and Nov 14 Neighborhood Meetings.

For questions, please contact us here.


FAQs

Why are we doing this?
As a neighborhood we have to make an important decision about the future of our Neighborhood Center. The building, at 800 N Fourth Ave, was gifted to the neighborhood 53 years ago. For a period, it was leased to the Birdhouse organization, who ran it from 2010 to 2020. A few factors, including the pandemic, led to the dissolution of the Birdhouse organization and placed management of the facility back on the FGNO board. Now the time has come to decide if we want to keep it or sell it. To make the best decision for the neighborhood, we need your participation and input. 
How will the process work?
The process, which started in August, includes:
*Appointing an neutral, third-party facilitator, the East Tennessee Community Design Center (ETCDC)
*Two neighborhood input meetings on November 3 and November 14
*A Question-and-Answer period from November 3 to 9
*A voting period, organized and administered by ETCDC, from November 15 to 30
*A neighborhood meeting in December to share the outcome of the vote
Who can participate?
*Any resident of the Fourth & Gill neighborhood can participate in the process.
*To vote, you have to be a member of the Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Organization (FGNO) 
*To become a member: 
*Any resident of Fourth & Gill who is 16 and older can sign up to become a member, which confers the right to vote in neighborhood matters. Membership runs annually. 
*To become a 2021 member, please complete the Register for 2021 Fourth & Gill membership or send your name, address and email address to the secretary, Melynda Whetsel (artgoddess@comcast.net). 
*You may also sign up in person on sheets provided at the Nov 3 and Nov 14 neighborhood meetings.
How do I participate in the Q&A period?
*At the November 3 Neighborhood Input Meeting: You will receive a card on which to write your question. The facilitators will ensure that questions are evenly distributed between the main options (keep or sell). The panelists in attendance will answer those questions. There will be two panelists for each option present at the meeting. Any questions not answered at the meeting will be posted and answered on the ETCDC website as described below.
*After the Neighborhood Input Meeting: From November 4 to 9, you may also submit questions via the ETCDC website. These questions, along with questions not answered at the meeting, will be answered and posted back on the website by November 14.
*If anyone is aware of neighbors who don’t have computer or internet access, please let us know so we can arrange a paper Q&A process for them. 
How will voting work?
*According to our bylaws, only members of the Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Organization (FGNO) may vote. 
*If you have signed up to be a member, your name and email address will be on the voter register, and you will receive a ballot link by email. If anyone is aware of neighbors who don’t have computer or internet access, please let us know so we can arrange a paper ballot for them. 
*You have from November 15 to 30 to vote.
*The vote is administered by ETCDC with oversight from the UT Legal Clinic.
*The outcome of the vote will be made known to the neighborhood at a meeting on December 13. No-one, including board members, will know the outcome of the vote until ETCDC announces it at this meeting. 

Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Organization

PO Box 3845

Knoxville, Tennessee 37927-3845

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