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Edmond council works on strategic plan for current, future projects

Edmond council members are writing a strategic plan outlining its goals, performance targets and values. They held a workshop this week to go over the draft of the plan that will be used to guide them on current and future projects.
by Diana Baldwin Published: August 30, 2012

City council members are moving forward on a 2012 strategic plan to guide them on current and future projects.

The plan will help define the council's direction, so Edmond's elected officials can make decisions on how to allocate the city's resources.

Edmond had been writing a strategic plan each year until recently, when city leaders started creating a plan biannually, said Cindy Friedemann, a consultant who is working with them on the project.

Council members first met for about eight hours on a Saturday in April to begin putting their policies, performance targets, values and goals down on paper. They met again this week in a workshop to go over a draft of the plan.

“Each of you brings a wealth of experiences from your professional and personal lives, and the Edmond community will benefit from your many contributions,” Friedemann told council members.

Budget balances, long-range transportation improvements, water conservation and evaluation of board and commission performances are listed in the draft as performance targets.

The top two goals named in the draft are to complete the public safety center and hotel and conference center.

They also would like to design a plan for an additional public library. Another goal is to implement the city's new parks master plan and continue with communitywide drainage master plan strategies and protect the environmental quality of the watershed.

Council members also would like to promote and emphasize Edmond's history and charm, which would include long-term management of the 1889 Schoolhouse and the Rodkey House.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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