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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 22, 2017

Washington council seeks public’s input on community goals

Nov 09, 2017

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


While a public hearing at the Washington County Council meeting Tuesday evening regarding the council’s goal setting process that will begin soon only brought one comment — that Washington should have a drive-in movie theater — the council still hopes for the public to be part of the process.

Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson said the council is looking for public input on the goals the city should be pursuing and feelings on what issues that need to be addressed in Washington over the next two years. On Tuesday evening he said there had been about 40 responses to the survey.

“Council will take matters up in a workshop and respond to all the surveys we receive,” Mayor Sandra Johnson explained while saying council members would not discuss issues with people giving input.

Hinson said Wednesday that an online survey has been set up for Washington residents to give their feedback to the council. The survey can be reached by going on the Internet to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/washgoals17. A paper copy of the survey is also available at City Hall, the Washington Public Library and the Washington Chamber of Commerce.

In the survey, the public will be asked to list the city’s significant accomplishments, specific issues that impact city services, projects the city should consider and what the city’s top goal should be over the next three to five years.

The end date of the survey will be Nov. 21. Hinson said the survey should take no longer than 10 minutes.

Hinson said the goal setting workshop will be facilitated by a consultant this year. In the past, input has been gathered through citizen focus groups or by sending surveys to specific people in the community.

The goal setting session is the first step toward the annual budgeting for the coming year.

Hinson said the goal of the process is to use the goal setting process to get all the council members on the same page. Hinson said incoming council members Elaine Moore and Fran Stigers would be part of the goal setting workshop.

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