The Ottumwa Courier

March 6, 2014

City Council outlines future goals

Courier staff writer

---- — OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa City Council met Thursday evening to discuss the strategies that the city needs to focus on in order to be successful in the future.

Many community members were present to hear where the city’s resources will be allocated in the next two years, and to give input on areas that the city staff and council need to focus on.

Jeff Schott, Director of the Institute of Public Affairs for the University of Iowa, was on hand to help facilitate the meeting. Not only has he done goal setting presentations all around the state of Iowa, but he has also come to Ottumwa to lead goal setting meetings in the past.

He met with the council and city department heads and supervisors early in the week to come up with what accomplishments the city has experienced in the last two years, the priority goals they have going into the future and to review new goals that the council wants to strive to reach.

Once the council got through goals that they are already committed to for the future, they went over new goals to possibly focus on. Some of the suggestions that the council gave included updating the zoning ordinance, participating in customer service training, entryway signage, incentives for housing development, developing a plan for revitalization and incentives for creating new businesses.

Schott will take all of the information that was discussed in the meeting and create a report that he will give to the council and department heads that will include what goals to focus on and how to reach those goals.

Refer to Saturday’s edition of the Courier for a more in-depth analysis of the meeting.

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