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Strategic planning process under way

February 26, 2016
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Cape Coral City Council will continue its Strategic Planning meeting on Monday.

The elected board and staff did not have enough time to wade through its extensive agenda at its session Wednesday at Fire Station 8 and so will attempt to finish its discussion following its regular meeting next week.

For Cape residents who would like to hear first hand the discussion on Council's contemplated project - and budget -?priorities, Monday will provide that opportunity.

A "precursor to the budget process," the strategic planning process includes staff updates on projects recently completed or under way. It also provides the city's elected officials the opportunity to discuss any new projects or initiatives and reprioritize projects in the queue, if desired.

On Wednesday, much of the session was devoted to economic development processes and projects along with discussion on how the city could become more efficient in regards to staff time.

In terms of projects, there wasn't a whole lot that was new discussed but there are plenty of items left for discussion including proposals and plan discussion points from each member of council.

Mayor Marni Sawicki, for example, has a number of items she would like to put on the table with a primary focus being on "results, not actions" as she believes the city is "still not seeing a lot of 'results.'"

According to the meeting agenda packet, Mayor Sawicki also would like to see discussion on the hiring of a public relations firm in relation to the matter of the LCEC franchise agreement and the possibility of conducting "shade," or closed meetings so that council can talk about strategy and other matters on a level playing field with the electric co-op which can discuss such matters privately.

On the same track, she would like to see the city's public information office step up the number of "good news" press releases.

Other members of council have targeted a goodly number of projects as well.

City Council meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1015 Cultural Park Blvd.

Council meetings may also be viewed on-line or via Cape TV.

If you have an interest concerning how council proposes to prioritize its allocation of funds in next year's budget, we suggest you attend.

- Breeze editorial



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