The 21-member commission was formed at the Canton City Council’s last meeting, with the council members and Mayor Gene Hobgood appointing three members each. Only 15 members were present for Monday’s meeting.
The commission has been charged with the task of creating documents for what improvements and additions to the city it would like to see by the year 2050.
Hobgood opened the meeting by telling the commission that he and the council members would be stepping aside and letting it make its own plans.
“It’s going to be your discussion, your decision, … your vision, along with that of the citizens of this city,” Hobgood said. “There’ll be a lot of brainstorming, a lot of talking, dreaming ... about what you want Canton to become and what others in the city want it to become.”
He added that the commission was no “short-term” affair.
“I think it’s going to take a while,” he said. “I think you’re in for the long-haul on this.”
Hobgood separated the members in attendance into groups based on which city official appointed them to the commission.
Each group then selected a representative to serve on the Commission on Canton’s Future’s seven-member executive committee.
John Rust, Kandace Walker-Bunda, Ben Key, Clay Howie and Bill Grant are the first five members of the committee which, Hobgood said, would serve as a voting body for the commission as a whole. The remaining two members on the executive board will have to be selected later, as the groups of three they were to be chosen from were absent entirely.
John Rust and Ben Key were elected chairman and vice chairman of the board, respectively.