Weatherford Democrat

February 12, 2013

Weatherford council to reveal strategic planning findings


Weatherford Democrat

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By BRIAN SMITH

A fairly light Tuesday night agenda for Weatherford city council members is full of items which have been discussed for weeks.

On top of the list is a report of the findings from the strategic planning work session conducted Jan. 3. The council and staff met with Marty Wieder with Strategic Counseling Services, who performed a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis as a way to help the city set budgetary goals for the future. The plan was last evaluated in 2008, Director of Management and Budget Chad Janicek said.

Wieder is expected to report on the findings of the two-hour session and present a strategic plan proposal. The council will then consider their options, and a final version of the plan will be brought back for approval. Wieder said the three main focus areas council and staff placed value on were:

• Continuing to place the highest priority on customer service.

• Maintaining and expanding revenue sources to further ensure Weatherford’s overall wellbeing, as well as provide sufficient funding for street improvements.

• Proactively protecting and developing the city’s healthy economic environment. 

Actions to consider during the upcoming fiscal year are expected to be provided, including what Wieder called a “slightly revised” mission and vision statement.

In other activity, council members will consider the final draft of an updated user agreement regarding seven baseball and softball fields at Soldier Spring Park between the city and the Weatherford Little League, which has been talked about for months.

After receiving some updated financial information and ideas from the council, the agreement, which is expected to be for three years, was sent back to the Parks and Recreation board for further review. By a 4-3 vote, the board approved the agreement, putting the item back in the council’s hands.

The council is also expected to hear recommendations for a number of boards, commissions and committees. the city has a number of applications on file and a number of vacancies to fill because terms of many members will expire later this year. Board members are limited to two full terms of office.

Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.