Phoenix updating list of neighborhood groups
Big effort under way so city can communicate
by Michael Clancy - Jun. 21, 2012 09:24 PM
Phoenix Neighborhood Services officials are trying to determine if all 1,093 organizations on their list are legit.
The department keeps a running list of such organizations as a way to maintain communication with residents, and other departments use the lists to send out required notifications on zoning cases and liquor-license requests.
But it has been several years since officials made a concerted effort to update the list.
According to Kweilin Waller of the Neighborhood Services Department, the update effort began in early May, when every group was asked to reply to a request for updates to the list, which links to contact information and maps for the groups.
The response deadline was June 4, but several updates have come in after the deadline. Waller said 300 to 400 replies have been received.
Those not responding will get a second and third chance, and if no response is received, they will be removed from the list.
Waller said the goal is to finish by the first week of August. She did not speculate as to how many organizations would be on the updated list.
"This is a huge effort," she said.
Previously, groups would have been contacted annually with update requests, but no follow-up was done.
The groups include Block Watches, homeowners associations, informal neighborhood groups, schools, churches, non-profit organizations, business coalitions and Fight Back groups.
Any group that fits one of those categories may be on the list and receive information that might affect the neighborhood directly.
Waller and city information officer Stephanie Ribodal Romero said groups often disband when the issues that prompted their formation go away. Sometimes leaders die or move, and no one steps up to replace them.
New organizations can also be listed. They will get the services of a neighborhood specialist, if desired, for help in organizing.
"We try our best to take people through the process and answer their questions," Waller said.