The City Council finalized the City’s 2015 Strategic Plan with adoption at the January 20 meeting, thus establishing a comprehensive, goal-oriented strategy for the year. According to City Manager Matt Benoit, the ultimate goal of the strategic planning process is to develop a work proposal that is agreeable for the entire Council and will be of most benefit to the citizens of Huntsville.
The Council first met at the Huntsville Public Library Community Room on December 9, reviewing the 2014 objectives and results. Benoit, following up on Council member inquiries and inclusion of the topic in the 2014 plan, gave a presentation on economic development options, reflecting experiences in other cities and providing local examples. The Council members addressed the seven primary goal areas – City Appearance, Communications, Economic Development, Infrastructure, Resource Development, Finance, and Public Safety – and appropriate objectives for each.
The City Manager, City Directors, and City staff next worked on refining the preliminary results, which Council members reviewed on January 13, at the second session of the process. Seventeen objectives were finalized for approval at the second regular Council meeting of the year. In addition to items selected on December 9, the Council chose to include continuation of the annual State of the City address in the Communications goal, and, under Resource Development, appointment of a Council subcommittee to review the City’s advisory boards and make any necessary recommendations for modification to the full City Council.
The discussion on a blueprint for economic development work within the City had been furthered at a January 6 work session, so the final adopted Strategic Plan included consideration to place an item on a ballot in 2015 for the citizens to consider the creation of either or both a dedicated economic development sales tax or economic development fund. The adopted 2015 Strategic Plan is available on the City web site at https://www.huntsvilletx.gov/council/.
Contact information for all Council members is available on the City’s Web site, www.huntsvilletx.gov,
and citizens are also welcome to call the City Secretary’s office at (936) 291-5403 to set up an ap-
pointment to speak with a Council member. The City Manager’s office can be reached at (936) 291-