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Council approves strategic plan

The city of Farmington laid out its plan for the future Monday with the approval of a new strategic plan.

The plan is the product of a day-long work session in March, where council members and key city staff sat down with consultant Dave Unmacht, of Springsted Inc., to come up with a list of priorities plan.

Council saw a preliminary report of Unmacht’s findings in June, but sent it back for a few revisions. The revised plan came to council this week.

The plan outlines six areas marked as priorities: Organizational Development, Application of Technology, Economic Development, Operations and Finance, Communication and Engagement and Enterprise Operations. Each of the categories was broken down into specific goals, with a timeline for accomplishing those goals attached.

Several of the goals have deadlines as early as the end of the third and fourth quarters of 2014. Right now, snow removal options are being reviewed, and city staff will be looking at the administration needs for the fire department, which includes the option of a full-time fire chief/fire marshal. Both of those goals fall under organizational development, and both are scheduled for completion by the end of this year.

Other goals are simply listed as “ongoing.” There are several goals within the Operations and Finances category that have to do with the city’s budget, and many of those are earmarked as ongoing, as city staff and council members will continue to work on the city’s financial stability. Ongoing goals include working to get all funds to a positive status year round, developing a strategy to improve the city’s bond rating and developing an annual budget and budget process that is collaborative and easily understood.

“I like to see most of those columns are ongoing,” council member Christy Jo Fogarty said. “It’s continuing to get better.”

The plan also includes short term responsibilities for the city council, city administration and staff, and the collaborative group.

A copy of the strategic plan will be available for public review on the city of Farmington’s website,

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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