2017-02-02 / Rutland News

Selectmen to develop goals and objectives

By Phyllis Booth

Monday night, Town Administrator Margaret Nartowicz recommended that selectmen start talking about five broad categories of goals and establish objectives for the coming year.

As an example, Nartowicz suggested economic and community development with public and private participation and coordinate with the Rutland Development and Industrial Commission to encourage economic development. That could include infrastructure, a pavement management plan, a sewer and water analysis, pursuing grant funding for buildings and facilities, and looking at the condition of town buildings. “My request to the board is tied to Community Block Grants. If we don’t have a community development plan, we can’t be eligible for grants. It’s a very public process to develop a plan,” Nartowitz added. “There are a lot of reasons for the board to consider this.”

Select board chairman Stephanie Bacon said it’s important we meet with the Capital Improvement Planning Committee, because it involves funding.

The board has made a commitment to policy development and long-term planning and made progress toward several goals and objectives in areas of finance, capital planning, community partnerships and infrastructure planning, according to Nartowicz. She suggested the development of goals, short, (six months to a year), mid, (one to two years) and long, (two to five years) and long-term objectives to support the goals.

These goals would be identified and reviewed and updated annually. The determination on the attainability of each objective should take into account the magnitude and priority of the objective, as well as available resources such as staffing, financial, and equipment, according to Nartowicz.

Other examples Nartowicz suggested were fiscal management, municipal operations, citizen engagement/communication, and capital. Making sure the website is up to date, promoting professional development for employees could also be considered, she said.

Selectman Sheila Dibb suggested looking at regionalization of services, and looking at a senior center. “But we don’t have a plan in place for that,” she added. Regionalizing with another town might be an opportunity for grant funding, she said. Citizen engagement could mean having a couple of selectmen go to the senior center and meet with residents to talk, said Dibb.

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