Council starts to chart next four years

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AMHERST – The Town of Amherst is hitting the drawing board.

As is the custom following an election, council met to establish its priorities for the next 12 to 48 months, including a review of municipal taxes, infrastructure planning, economic development, operational priorities, community development planning, regional marketing, and communications.

“This session was very successful in covering many of the current issues, opportunities and threats facing the Town over the next 12 months and beyond, while keeping our current operational responsibilities and capabilities in mind” said Deputy Mayor George Baker.

To ensure that existing staff commitments and operational responsibilities were taken into consideration, the CAO and senior management team also took part in the process.

“Council has taken a decidedly different approach to the planning exercise from that of four years ago when members came forward with mostly ‘bricks and mortar’ projects,” Mayor ROvert Small said. “With most of those projects now complete, these new priorities reflect Council’s desire to consider many of the common themes that they heard during the recent election campaign.”

While the broad topic areas have been identified, council directed staff to provide more detailed action plans for presentation and final approval at the January, 2013 meeting of council.

Geographic location: AMHERST

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