Farmington City Council creates five-year strategic plan

Goals focus on economics, financial viability, communication

The Farmington City Council passed a five-year strategic plan at its April 1 meeting and has already started working on its initiatives.

The plan outlines five main goals: ensuring Farmington’s long-term financial health, positioning the city for future economic development, reviewing the use and efficiency of city facilities, maintaining the viability of city liquor operations and continuing communications with residents and partnerships. Each goal has between five and 11 tasks associated with it.

“Now that this plan is in place, it will help guide staff,” City Administrator David McKnight said.

McKnight met with city department heads to explain the goals that will guide their own work in the next five years.

The plan is the result of four council work sessions where council members put their ideas on the table and discussed the feasibility of such goals.

McKnight said a summary of the goals and tasks will be placed on the city’s website in coming weeks. The city plans to publish a progress report monthly and present it to the council regularly.

“Hopefully it will help make the (council’s) decision process a little bit easier,” McKnight said.

Mayor Todd Larson said at the State of the City address last month that the council lacked goals in the past because financial issues left the city “treading in the water.”

The strategic plan can be found online at ci.farmington.mn.us.

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