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February 14, 2013

Council receives, reviews strategic plan results

By BRIAN SMITH

Results from the Strategic Plan Work Session were given to Weatherford city council members Tuesday night.

Consultant Marty Wieder with Strategic Consulting Services met with the council during a work session in early January to find out what they and city staff liked, disliked and saw as weaknesses during an analysis. The ratings given by council and staff were put together into a report with some ideas.

Wieder said the city’s top strength was its attention to customer service with a city staff “second to none” also considered a plus. Some of the weaknesses found included an underutilized downtown, aging infrastructure on its major thoroughfare corridors and insufficient staff to deliver certain services.

During the work session, it was determined opportunities could be taken advantage of in increasing revenue sources, exploring the First Monday grounds area as a potential concert venue and forming a citizens capital committee to get input from residents.

In his strategic plan proposal, Wieder outlined three objectives to continue the focus on during the coming fiscal year:

• Continuing to place a high priority on customer service – Wieder suggested hiring a consultant to conduct a citizen survey to see what they like or dislike about what’s being done or not done. Involving the citizens in the process is something residents will like and remember, Wieder said.

Getting a staff task force of city staff members together to review the status or the city’s utilities and infrastructure will also be helpful, Wieder said. Continuing the process with citizens will also show the city is interested in what residents have to say.

• Maintaining and expanding revenue sources – Establishing some sort of downtown entertainment district is paramount, Wieder said, in council and staff’s mindset. A new vision for the area based on the First Monday grounds and York Avenue is also very important if the city wants to continue improving, Wieder said.

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