On Dec. 8, members of municipal council met at city hall to discuss the development of their strategic priorities for the 2018-2022 term. At the facilitated session, council members identified five goals that will guide the strategic direction for the city over the next four years.
They include growing the economy, fostering a safe and healthy city, building strong neighbourhoods, offering innovative and citizen-driven services, and improving the ability to get around Barrie.
“As a team of eleven we now have the honour of shaping our city for the next four years,” said Mayor Jeff Lehman. “There was a lot of energy in the room as this council started setting our priorities. We know there’s a lot of work to do and there is clearly a sense of optimism as we set the direction for our community. It starts with having a straightforward vision, which I believe we achieved today.”
Council discussed several key issues they heard while on the campaign trail, including affordable housing, the opioid crisis, community safety, road safety, innovation and customer service.
Staff will now work toward developing action plans for each strategic direction and report back to general committee early in the new year. The action plans will include key performance indicators to monitor success over the next four years.