2014 City Council Goals
- Protect Plymouth’s Strong Financial Position. Maintain Plymouth’s fiscal health by crafting long-term revenue and expenditure plans to ensure sustainable operations at a fair and equitable tax rate.
- Monitor Economic Challenges. Continue to evaluate and prioritize services. Seek innovative solutions to maintain high quality core services, promote financial transparency and protect Plymouth’s strong financial position and quality of life.
- Provide Efficient and Effective Services. Continue to explore partnerships with neighboring communities, school districts, businesses, watersheds, and other agencies to decrease costs and eliminate duplicate efforts. Streamline business processes through the use of technology, including website enhancements, e-permits and expanded credit card processing. Evaluate community trends and consider associated facility and service needs.
- Promote Transportation Solutions. Focus on the advancement of the third lane on I-494 and improvements to Highway 169 between I-494 and I-94. Continue planning and implementation of Peony Lane/Lawndale Lane extension and Vicksburg Lane reconstruction and expansion projects.
- Pursue Northwest Greenway. As development of northwest Plymouth progresses, continue acquisition of property and begin planning the Northwest Greenway and park system amenities, as directed by voter referendum.
- Continue Environmental Initiatives. Collaborate with watershed agencies to ensure effective progress on water quality mandates. Continue energy conservation efforts in city buildings, and promote recycling of expanded waste streams.
- Continue Proactive Public Safety Initiatives. Continue proactive policing strategies using technology and collaboration to promote and enhance livability. Build on the successes of fire prevention and fire service programs for a safe community.
- Protect the City’s Infrastructure Investment. Ensure that the city can protect and enhance the useful life of City assets (streets, utilities, parks, trails, facilities, and fleet). Continue to monitor financial resources and economic conditions, and consider timing with regard to infrastructure needs.
- Consider Development and Redevelopment Requests. Continue to carefully consider land use related to development and redevelopment to ensure a well planned community with a varied tax base.
Each year the City Council also identifies legislative priorities, controlled by state lawmakers, that affect local government. The city will work with state lawmakers to share information about how each of the legislative priorities affect local government and the services that the city provides.