On Saturday, January 14, 2017, the City Council met to set goals for the new year. Prior to the retreat, the Council solicited comments to hear the public’s thoughts on what the city should focus on in 2017. The goals were formally adopted at the February 7 City Council meeting.
2017 City Council Goals
In recognition of the fact that many secondary goals are being pursued and that there are many ongoing plans of the City Council, the primary 2017 City Council goals (not in priority order) are:
- Continue to improve the condition of streets, to a Pavement Condition Index of 70 by 2021.
- Continue to work with regional partners on a Willamette Shoreline Trail for bike/ped use while preserving future options for rail.
- Construct pathway connections, using available systems development charges.
- Take steps to minimize the impact on businesses and residents of the Boones Ferry Road project.
- Maximize park land and resources for the benefit of the community, including exploration of artificial turf at Waluga Park and use of the proceeds of the Kruse/Carman property for pathways.
- Decide on the future of the municipal golf course.
- Meet with owners of key commercial and industrial properties in the Southwest Employment Area, Lake Grove, and downtown to explore redevelopment opportunities.
- Explore options for economical housing for all sectors of community (disabled, retirees, and especially workforce).
- Support the creation of a climate change action plan based on advice from the Sustainability Advisory Board, consistent with Council policy direction.
- Adopt a strategy for addressing PERS increases, both internally (financial plan) and externally (legislation).