On Saturday, Nov. 10, elected officials, staff and members of the public gathered to discuss the city's vision for the next 10 years. Here is a summary of the items discussed:
Mayor Russ Wall reviewed items from the Strategic Plan that were accomplished during 2012. He described the 10 initiatives included in the plan, as follows:
Community Development Director Mark McGrath reviewed the 10 initiatives outlined in the 2013 Strategic Plan. He discussed city planning that he was recently able to personally observe in the City of Boulder, Colorado. He illustrated designs to facilitate bicycle and pedestrian transportation.
- Initiative #1: Customer Service
City Administrator John Inch Morgan and Mayor Wall discussed administration’s customer service goals.
- Initiative #2: Economic Development
Discussion was held regarding priorities for economic development in Taylorsville.
- Initiative #3: Transportation and Infrastructure
Discussion was held regarding transportation issues in Taylorsville.
- Initiative #4: Quality of the Built Environment
Comments were made regarding beautification walls and streetscapes in the City.
- Initiative #5: Neighborhoods and Code Enforcement
McGrath explained the way that special improvement districts operate and how assessments may be made. Keith Sorensen commented that a Special Improvement District should have been implemented to cover cost of the 4100 South Wall Project.
- Initiative #6: Parks and Recreation
Park maintenance was discussed. Questions were addressed regarding the implementation of new community parks. Mayor Wall noted that current parks in the city are over utilized. The necessity of maintaining and developing quality parks in relation to economic development was emphasized.
- Initiative #7: Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and Emergency Management
Discussion was held regarding public safety issues and needs. Judge Michael Kwan suggested incorporating a performance center into a potential new Justice Center.
- Initiative #8: Volunteers, Staff and Resources
- Initiative #9: Environmental
- Initiative #10: Arts, Culture and Entertainment
Chairman Rechtenbach recognized the valuable ideas that were discussed and invited those present to continue giving input. He noted that most ideas must be budgeted for and funded. He cited the large number of people that were invited to this meeting and the relatively small turnout. He asked that those present invite their neighbors to provide input and participate in city discussions.