City sets goals

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:55 AM

City Council finalized their goals for the new year during a special work session this week. The goals — used to help formulate the annual city budget — will likely be approved at an upcoming council meeting.

“It has to be distilled enough to fit on one page,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said.

The focus this year is on three areas: asset management, transparency and loose ends. The city is using a "Wikipedia" theme to organize and sort its goal set.

Mayor Geri McCaleb said the bulk of this year’s goals involve managing the city’s assets.

“There’s a lot of things that we need to take care of — a lot of infrastructure fixes,” she said.

Goals for the next fiscal year — which begins July 1, 2013 — range from developing a revised infrastructure maintenance plan to dealing with the city’s natural environment and management of the urban forest.

“It doesn’t reflect well on your community when the stuff that you hold dear isn’t looking good,” McCaleb said. “... That’s part of taking care of anything. We keep getting new stuff, but you kind of forget about the stuff we already have.”

McCaleb cited this year's renovation of the Lake Avenue retaining wall as an example of making sure the city's infrastructure is improved.

“At some point or another, you’ve got to stop and say, ‘We’ve got to fix this,’” she said. “We just have to look at a project and figure out how to best leverage our resources.”

Taking care of the city’s aging artifacts is another area council members said they want to take a closer look at in the coming year.

Councilman Dennis Scott said the historical artifacts been ignored for too long. He recommends the city establish a five-member committee that would take a closer look at all of the city’s artifacts that need work.

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