2016 City Council Goals
- Protect Plymouth’s Strong Financial Position. Maintain Plymouth’s fiscal health by implementing long-term revenue and expenditure plans to ensure sustainable operations with a reasonable tax level. Utilize non-property tax funding sources where appropriate.
- 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 through shared services and eliminate duplicate efforts. Streamline 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 improvements to Highway 169, Highway 55 and continue to explore other transportation options. Seek funding partners for rail crossing improvements and I-494 crossing improvements.
- Pursue Northwest Greenway. As development of northwest Plymouth progresses, continue planning and construction of the Northwest Greenway and park system amenities.
- 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.
- 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 as identified in the Capital Improvement Program.
- 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. Build on Plymouth Proud business initiatives.
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.