MINUTES FOR THE SPECIAL MEETING ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL February 2, 2013 Siskiyou Room 51 Winburn Way
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Stromberg called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. in the Siskiyou Room, at 51 Winburn Way.
City Administrator Kanner, Councilors Voisin, Morris, Lemhouse, Slattery, Rosenthal, and Marsh, and two members of the public were present.
City Administrator Kanner led the group in a brainstorming session to create draft goals as follows:
PUBLIC SAFETY GOAL Public safety and other city agencies, along with the community, collaborate effectively to ensure security for all and improve overall livability.
Increase safety and security downtown
Review the Emergency Preparedness Plan to include food security and other shortages of necessities
Mitigate fire hazards in the urban interface
Reduce risks of fire in the city via weed abatement and Firewise landscaping and building practices
Improve public communication and community partnerships re: public safety policies and best practices
Provide modern, fully equipped facilities and vehicles for city public safety functions
MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE GOAL Collaborate with the community to ensure safe, cost-effective, and sustainable public services, facilities and utilities to meet the urgent, immediate and future needs of Ashland.
Examine the anticipated impacts of climate change on city infrastructure
Evaluate all city infrastructure regarding planning, management, and financial resources
Implement the conservation plan for water and complete the 10-year plan for electric
Promote conservation as a long-term strategy to protect the environment and public utility needs
Maintain existing infrastructure to meet regulatory requirements and minimize life-cycle costs
Deliver timely life-cycle capital improvement projects
Maintain and improve infrastructure that enhances the economic vitality of the community
Develop a fee/rate structure that encourages conservation and pays the bills
COMMUNITY QUALITY OF LIFE GOAL Anticipate and identify opportunities to provide for the physical, social, economic, and environmental health of the community.
Minimize the incidence and impacts of homelessness
Provide opportunities for the poor to thrive and not just survive in Ashland
Increase the number of internet-based businesses by 50% in two years
Investigate land-use and funding strategies that provide affordable and workforce housing units
Support and assist foundational relationships with community partners
Establish a permanent jobs commission
Implement Level I implementation strategies of the Economic Development Plan as approved by Council
Review the Downtown Plan including zoning of areas around downtown and create a roadmap for the future planning of downtown
Encourage private development of affordable housing options
Analyze the impacts of increased preservation of historic buildings in Ashland
ORGANIZATION AND GOVERNANCE GOAL Provide high quality and effective delivery of the full spectrum of city service and governance in a transparent, accessible and fiscally responsible manner.
Examine and improve communication tools used to communicate with the public
Improve budget and financial reports to be clear, realistic, and effective
Review and evaluate current commissions for their mission and feasibility
Improve communication between commissions and Council
Ensure the efficient and effective use of technology to enhance customer satisfaction
Ensure the availability of front-line personnel for customer contact during business hours
Meeting was adjourned at 3:01 p.m.
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