Creating a citizen staff task force on the project would once again bring people into the mix, which is only a positive.
“People will always support what they helped create,” Wieder said. “Making the First Monday grounds more vibrant will not only benefit you but the citizens as well.”
In a related item, working with the Chamber of Commerce for better use of the tourism budget was suggested. Looking at what other cities are doing in the area and marketing attractions that benefit the city will bring more people from the Metroplex into Weatherford.
“There are a lot of people barely an hour or less from here that don’t know what you are doing here in town,” Wieder said. “That has to change.”
• Proactively protect and develop a healthy economic climate – In a continuing theme, partnering with the community was suggested to ensure higher standards when it comes to code enforcement. Wieder also said ensuring what is being done in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction supports what is already here in an effort to “protect and promote the culture of downtown.”
Wieder said at the end of his 25-minute presentation the thrust of any stragetic plan is to empower the city manager and staff and help them do what it takes to meet the ideas identified.
Mayor Pro Tem Craig Swancy said he was encouraged by the report, which wil be brought back to the council in a bound volume in the next few weeks.