Mayor Stromberg called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers.
Roll Call: Councilor Voisin, Morris, Slattery, Rosenthal and Marsh were present. Councilor Lemhouse was absent.
1. Look Ahead review
City Administrator Dave Kanner reviewed Look Ahead.
2. Discussion of Economic Development Strategy Phase II Projects Update
Project Manager Adam Hanks presented himself for questions regarding the Economic Development Strategy Phase II Projects.
3. Discussion regarding improving and follow through on Council Goal Setting session (request of Councilors Slattery and Marsh)
Councilor Marsh shared discussion she had with Councilor Slattery regarding the follow-through process for presenting annual goals and how these are integrated into the budget process. She gave examples of certain large dollar programs that were presented before the Budget Committee and felt concern that the objectives discussed by the council at goal setting justified these budget expenditures.
It was suggested that the council be allowed to go into the next budget process with a process that has been clearly defined by January. City departments should know what is expected of them when building their budgets. The desire would be to have an overarching vision or values that would sustain these goals over time and allow the city to move forward. The process would also include a realistic timeline that would allow goals to be achieved.
The council is being asked if they would be open to discussing a change in the process that would allow these values and offer a process that drives the goal setting. Concern was voiced that the current process seems to happen too quickly and that council should take the time for a goal setting process. Suggestion was made that commissions and department heads should be included in the process. It was noted that there is a difference between Community Visioning and Council Goal Setting and that if a process is determined there should be clear process that outlines the goal setting.
The importance of goal setting and the process that is set to accomplish this goal setting was made. Examples of past processes were shared. The Mayor, Councilor Slattery and Marsh agreed to bring a process back for the council to consider.
4. Discussion of Plaza enhancements
City Administrator Dave Kanner presented staff report and it was noted that there are now beautiful flower baskets in the plaza. The individuals who donated the baskets and staff were acknowledged and appreciated.
Background and implications were noted on the following:
Police Chief Terry Holderness provided work hour information for the downtown patrol officers and explained that it would be problematic to provide this service due to varying schedules. It was suggested that Park Patrol be approached to provide this service. Observation was made that there does not seem to be any current department that oversees the plaza area and that Park Patrol may be a reasonable suggestion.
Reality of having tables and chairs was voiced due to theft, vandalism and additional workload for staff. Suggestion was made for the City to purchase a few tables and chairs and use it as an experiment to see what happens.
It was suggested that adding flowerpots would establish the “space” and offer a beginning and an end to the plaza, offer safety from accessing the street directly and provide a significant change.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:26 p.m.
Barbara Christensen, City Recorder