Cleveland City Manager Joe Fivas has provided City Council members with a timeline for the city's Strategic and Community Plan, including the anticipated inclusion of staff, focus groups and …
Cleveland City Manager Joe Fivas has provided City Council members with a timeline for the city's Strategic and Community Plan, including the anticipated inclusion of staff, focus groups and community residents.
The municipal administrator presented the outline earlier this week, and the presentation at City Hall served as the plan's official kickoff.
The city manager received comments of appreciation for accomplishments in his first year on the job by council members, during Monday's final Council gathering of the calendar year.
Fivas said staff members will be developing the first drafts of the overall plan from now until February, with those proposals and considerations to be forwarded to the council when completed.
He added that there are planned community meetings in each of the city's five districts, much the same as the city conducted during the summer with its comprehensive survey campaign.
These meetings are expected to generate initial input for the three-year Strategic and Community Plan. Staff and the council will then compile priorities for the future.
Staff is expected to present a tentative three-year plan for Parks and Recreation, and Sports Tourism, to the council at its next work session on Monday, Jan. 8.
At a council meeting in January, staff will have another presentation on streets, traffic congestion, sidewalks, stormwater and facilities.
On Feb. 12, a staff proposal will cover downtown development, and Southside Redevelopment. Public Safety proposals (for the Police and Fire departments) will be discussed on Feb. 26.
Fivas said staff members will be using zero-based budgeting principles when reviewing strategic planning and budget line items, with these numbers expected to be completed by next June. Work on this has already begun.
He added that it will be an extremely challenging process to prepare for the 2017-18 fiscal year budget.
Next spring, from February to March, the mayor and council will have a planning session for financial forecasting, with a council budget session in April. In May and June, the city budget will be adopted, a capital improvement plan adopted, and the finalization of a three-year strategic plan enacted.
Following his presentation, Fivas opened up the discussion for questions from council members.
The questions were few, but there were some comments from members expressing appreciation that the city manager, and city staff, are moving ahead with a plan — and taking action on anticipated community improvements.
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