The Eau Claire City Council has established a Confluence Project task force to seek out community input on the project - and to help recommend groups for a Confluence Council.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- "We in Eau Claire are being asked to create a brand new thing, to my knowledge it's never been created in the state of Wisconsin before," said Kerry Kincaid, Eau Claire City Council President.
Kincaid is talking about a shared performance arts center. A component of the Confluence Project.
That arts center will have a council that oversees its operation - and up until this point, Kincaid says there was never any discussion on how that group would be formed and who would be part of it.
"That's why we're forming this task force," Kincaid said.
The task force will help recommend what groups should be represented on the Confluence Council. They will also have their ears in the community.
"They need to be able to listen and listen to the stakeholders in the community," said Andrew Werthman, a member of the Eau Claire City Council. "They need to be able to listen to the arts groups in the community, so as the confluence council is formed, they are able to do the governance is needed."
Council members spent about 1.5 hours hammering out the group's goals and narrowing its focus.
"It's so important that when a task force sits down, they have a timetable, and that they know exactly what their deliverables are," he added.
But not everyone is on-board with the idea. Janice Wnukowski with the Historic Preservation Foundation says nothing is even off the ground yet.
"We don't have the project approved, and they seem to want to rush everything through and make it sound like everything is approved," Wnuckowski said.
And Dawn Bergstrom who owns Scandinavian Imports, a store on Barstow Street that stands in the way of the project, says it is also about taxpayers.
"They're asking the taxpayers to pay for this on the city level, county board level and state level, and they don't have funding, so it's premature to have a council for something that isn't approved," she said.