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Role of Committees

Committees are the most important part of the neighbhorhood council system. They are where the work of the neighborhood councils gets done.

Because the board deals with everything in the neighborhood, there is not enough time in board meetings to discuss most issues in depth. Committees are a place for people who are most interested and informed about an issue to discuss it in depth and to form a recommendation for the board to act on.1

A well-run committee will hash out difficult items and issue recommendations to the board that have broad support. This then makes it possible for the board to act faster and more efficiently on a wider range of items.

  1. Article VII, section 3, paragraph A, of the NC bylaws limits the authority of committees. For example: “The actions, recommendations, and policies of all committees shall be subject to approval by official action of the Board.”