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Farmington City Council will hold a goal-setting retreat Thursday

Farmington City Council members will talk about their goals and try to come up with a list of things they would like to accomplish at a retreat scheduled for Thursday, March 10, in Lakeville.

Council members plan to meet by themselves, with no city staff or city attorney present, for about five hours in the community room of Lakeview Bank. The purpose of the retreat, according to mayor Todd Larson, is to develop goals for 2011.

"I don't want staff there because I don't want anyone's ideas influenced in any way. It's just, tell me what's on your mind and what you want to get done and we can go from there," Larson said. "We are going to hear from the (city) management team in a couple of weeks on a Saturday to hear what they want. We can compare the two and see if we're close."

As of Tuesday, no specific agenda had been set for the retreat. Larson asked council members to each come up with three topics they would like to address during the retreat. From those lists, Larson planned to come up with the agenda. He hoped to have the agenda established by the end of this week.

Having a retreat at a neutral site is not uncommon, Larson said. In the past, city and school district officials have had joint retreats at Mount Olivet Retreat Center in Eureka Township, he pointed out. Council member Julie May is employed at Lakeview Bank.

The retreat is open to the public. Minnesota's open meeting law prohibits government bodies from closing gatherings such as a retreat. However, just because the retreat is open to residents, council members are not accepting public comment, Larson said.

The retreat begins at 3 p.m. Larson suspects it will go until about 8 p.m. Lakeview Bank is located at 9725 163rd St. W., in Lakeville.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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