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Rockland Council to meet Wednesday to set goals

By Stephen Betts | Jan 11, 2021

Rockland — The Rockland City Council is scheduled to meet Wednesday evening to set goals for the upcoming year.

Goal setting has been an on-again, off-again practice of City Councils.

The Wednesday, Jan.13, goal-setting meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and will be conducted via Zoom.

The last goal setting meeting was in December 2019.

The goals set at that 2019 meeting were to complete plans on how to guide future development along Camden Street and Tillson Avenue; stronger cooperation with neighboring communities on the possible sharing of public services; closer communications with the regional school district; and environmental issues such as dealing with climate change and reducing the use of artificial pesticides; dealing with the shortage of affordable housing; and how to increase public participation in City Council-decision making.

Before that, the previous sort-of goal-setting meeting of the City Council was in October 2015 when James Chaousis was the city manager and councilors came up with what they perceived were the strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities of the city.

City officials listed an entrenched and negative vocal minority of residents and resistance to change among city employees as weaknesses and threats during the meeting.

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Comments (7)
Posted by: DALE HAYWARD | Jan 12, 2021 21:33

I meant Stephen, so sorry Stepen. ha ha ha ha

Posted by: DALE HAYWARD | Jan 12, 2021 13:56

Now that is a good question Stepen.

Posted by: Mary Susan Hurst | Jan 12, 2021 09:41

I would like to see the Council focus on the basics. Work on filling our empty storefronts, keep our city safe and clean and the children occupied and educated. New trendy initiatives are certainly more exciting, but we should leave the more progressive iinitiatives to communities that are better able to lead them - those communities with more economic stability, lower taxes and higher incomes. IMHO

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Jan 12, 2021 08:40

What I did NOT read in this story was "how many of the goals set by the council in 2015 & 2019 were actually accomplished" ?  I'm going out on a limb here and guessing few if any.  Think the councils time could be better spent actually doing something.

Posted by: James York | Jan 11, 2021 21:53

A goal should be to grow the tax base at a rate that will at least keep up with expected increases in local school and municipal budgets, council needs to try and foster growth to the tax base.

Posted by: DALE HAYWARD | Jan 11, 2021 14:34

In your dreams Valerie.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Jan 11, 2021 14:01

I have not given up on our city government!  It's 2021 and let's make it a good one.  Over the years, I have felt that the city council has not listened to the tax payers.  Maybe this could be a goal setter.  Just putting it out there.

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