Now that the newly constituted Northwest Civic Association board of trustees has held a retreat, members say it is time to advance.

Most members of the panel participated in a trustees-only gathering convened Aug. 30 by President Nick Cipiti with a goal of becoming better-acquainted, appointing committee leaders and establishing some ground rules for how the organization will move forward.

As far as Cipiti was concerned: mission accomplished.

"I thought it went really well," he said the morning after the board retreat. "We got a lot done.

"We went through some housekeeping items, got some ground rules laid out for meetings and communications."

Alyson Miles, one of nine new board members voted in at the Aug. 5 meeting NWCA meeting, agreed with that assessment.

"My expectations were met," Miles said. "I had gone into the retreat hoping that we would get to know each other a little better.

"It was nice to hear from other folks and their backgrounds."

"My expectations were to try to learn how things operate, where the long-term members stand, what their thoughts were and just to get to know the people for the most part," said Kit Logsdon, another new member.

"It's hard when you're in a meeting for an hour or two hours, you don't really learn what motivates people.

"It was a jam-packed two hours but it was, I think, a good groundwork," Logsdon said.

"I think it was a good start."

Cipiti named a chairmen for the board's seven standing committees of graphics and zoning, communications and website, parks and recreation, airport and sheep farm, safety, code enforcement and membership.

"I set goals for each of them in the short term, and hopefully by October we'll have some concrete movement with these committees," Cipiti said.

The appointments included Marilyn Goodman heading up graphics and zoning.

She will be taking the place of Rosemarie Lisko, who resigned from the board after being on it for decades. Lisko often was recognized as a walking encyclopedia when it came to the city's zoning and sign regulations.

"It's tough to find people with the experience Rosemarie had, very knowledgeable, very talented and very dedicated in the community, but you've got to start somewhere," Cipiti said.

Goodman, he said, will receive training materials from Chris Presutti, the city's chief zoning official, as well as some one-on-one time with him.

"I think we're off to a good start with that," Cipiti said.

The retreat also included discussion about how the monthly meetings are to operate and Cipiti's expectations for them, Miles said.

"We want to make sure that all community members who attend have an opportunity to address the board and be heard on the issues," she said.

"Nick laid out a good plan for the people who are temporarily at least going to be heading up the committees until they get organization," Logsdon said.

"If we stick to that plan and adjust it as we need to we should be able to move, I won't say smoothly, but we all know where we're going."

"I'm very confident that we're going to be a highly function board," Cipiti said. "We have a lot of talent."

"I think it's a positive step forward," Miles said.

"I think these are going to be productive meetings. I'm optimistic about where we're headed with this."