Excerpt from the BATA Survey Report (Jan 29, 2010) Pg 45
"Extending the Number of BATA Board Members
While BATA's current board of directors should be commended for their recent focus on organizational transformation, the current board structure may limit its ability to affect lasting change, especially change that reflects the region's public transportation needs. BATA’s board of directors is mandated by its bylaws to include seven people. Four of those mem- bers are to be appointed by the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners, two by the Leelanau County board of commissioners, and one at-large member appointed by the other six. In terms of effectiveness, this size and type of board of directors limits the ability of BATA to respond quickly and make critical decisions for the betterment of public transpor- tation in the Grand Traverse region.
The political nature of these appointments leaves little room for board members to serve the mission of BATA, rather than the mission of a body to whom they owe their appointment. Few board members actually use the BATA system, or have a vested interest in advocating public transportation as a critical solution. The best case would be to modify the bylaws to extend board membership to a larger number (eleven to fifteen members) and to include in this number more at-large members serving by their own accord. BATA, and the communities it serves, should also play a much more active role in board recruitment.
If this solution seems too burdensome, BATA should consider creating a formal advisory board. This volunteer group could be designed to include representation from a diverse field of riders, employers, and other interested members of the public. While it would have no formal decision-making power, it could provide invaluable advice to BATA staff, and feedback to the BATA board of directors. In so doing BATA could create an easy pathway for communication with its community stakeholders.
These options would go a long way to increasing communications with the public, and changing existing negative per- ceptions."
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