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Mayor Report: February 29, 2010

At our January 5 study session, the result of the town council's series of strategic planning workshops was presented to the public.

The focus of those workshops was the defining of areas of concern for the town and the assigning of priorities to those specific areas. Council discussed everything from flood control to economic development and then assigned each item a priority. The items discussed and their priorities are briefly described as follows:

Highest Priority - Complete General Plan update by Mid-2014, develop Economic Development Plan by Dec. 2012, create a plan for achieving town financial stability in all funds by June 2013.

High Priority - Restructure sewer hookup fees and regulations and implement sewer lien collection program, develop town employee retention strategy (including evaluation of restoring 40 hour work week), evaluate acquisition of privately held water companies and the City of Prescott water service to Chino Valley.

Medium Priority - Town engineer and Flood Control committee to apply for Yavapai County flood control funding, development of more youth programs, and town to work with Yavapai County to construct a new road to Williamson Valley Road.

Low Priority - Evaluate feasibility and financing options for rainwater harvesting and aquifer recharge, investigate feasibility of developing a biomass electrical generating plant by partnering with Drake cement plant.

The high, medium, and low priority items will be assigned to various committees to research feasibility and funding options, then the items will be brought back to the town vouncil for action. Council and staff will address the highest priority items as a group.

As these items receive their committee assignments, I would encourage the town's citizens to attend the committee meetings and lend a hand. We have a lot of talent, experience, and energy in our town - let's put it to good use.

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