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Improvements, budget discussed at council workshop
by Christine Fonville
December 10, 2013 04:11 PM | 799 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At a city council workshop in McDonough last week, council members discussed strategic plan goals for 2014, a calendar for the 2014-15 fiscal year budget process and final nominations for the reestablished Downtown Development Authority.

City Administrator Frederick Gardiner presented a list of goals accomplished in 2013 and plans for 2014.

“I was given a list of about 28 items to work on during 2012 and the city accomplished about 26 of those items. In 2013, we had about 100 suggested goals,” he said.

The 2013 list included major projects concerning safety and security, downtown visibility, cultural and recreational resources and transportation.

Gardiner spoke about some of the projects accomplished in 2013, like better code enforcement and police visibility.

“Projects like the SeeClickFix phone application and Briefing in the Streets were projects designed and put into place in 2013,” he said about an app for reporting concerns directly to code enforcement officials and an effort to have more officers on patrol during the day.

Gardiner said 2014 goals include extending wireless Internet access throughout town.

He also presented a budget development calendar, including meeting dates to discuss how the budget should be amended for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. “As the council develops the budget, we will be making slideshow presentations and documents available through the city’s website for public review,” Gardiner said.

Councilwoman Sandra Vincent said budget hearings and city council meetings can be combined to increase public involvement.

“We’ve talked previously about having council meetings at various schools in McDonough to encourage people from different areas in the city to attend,” she said.

There was no decision made about conducting meetings outside of city hall next year.

The council also made its last nominations for the Downtown Development Authority, which will begin meeting Dec. 18 at 6 p.m.

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