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Vauxhall council looking to long-term planning

Posted on September 16, 2016 by Vauxhall Advance

By Nikki Jamieson
Vauxhall Advance
njamieson@tabertimes.com

The Town of Vauxhall is starting to craft a three-year plan of goals for Vauxhall.

During their regular Sept. 6 meeting, Vauxhall town council discussed putting together a three-year Strategic Plan for the municipality.

According to information provided by administration, the town’s last strategic plan was created in 2011 and expires in 2014. However, according to town administration, they could not find any evidence of the plan being adopted by council in any past minutes of council meetings, and although a search through the Vauxhall Advance archives did show that council was thinking about doing up a plan, articles from 2011 or 2014 did not report whether or not a Strategic Plan was ratified.

“We weren’t sure if council approved it, because we couldn’t find if it got approved in 2014,” said Mindy Dunphy, office manager for the town. “We’re not sure if it got in… If it went back to council? We’re not sure. We think we should start one, because obviously, this one is expired.”

Administration asked council for direction to start the process of constructing a new Strategic Plan for the town, focusing on three key items over a three-year period, to be approved by council.

“The three year priorities and such, some of these actually got accomplished,” said Dunphy. “But we’ve been kind of advised that, you know, you should really maybe just have three big items, because this is a really big list to accomplish.

“We can come in with some priorities and start, and if there is anything you guys can think of, we can try to narrow it down a little bit.”

They also recommended that, when approved, they have the most current plan expire in 2018, so to allow the new council to amend the plan if needed.
The town is also looking into getting someone with the Alberta government to help them craft the plan. Council approved a motion that town administration starts the process of creating a new Strategic Plan for Vauxhall.

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