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Council approves goals for 2010

The Rosemount City Council hopes 2010 is a good year full of progress, so to give itself something to aim for the council has established some goals. The council approved its 2010 goals Tuesday night.

The council has been working on establishing its 2010 list since the beginning of the year, including a two-day work session Jan. 22 and 23 where council members sat down and talked about their views for the future.

The council annually makes a list of goals to strive for. In 2009, the city council accomplished about 85 percent of its goals said city administrator Dwight Johnson.

"We had a successful year," he added.

This year's goals highlight five areas including efficiencies and services, communication, partnerships, infrastructure and facilities and growth. The council also listed more than 100 sub items to strive for.


• Efficiencies and services: the city hopes to provide exceptional city services at a cost value to residents. To accomplish this goal the council listed that it will apply for grants whenever possible, and review equipment replacement schedules.

• Communication: The council wants to further engage the public through a number of means including holding town hall meetings and working with the business community. Additionally, the city plans to start using social media tools such as Facebook to engage the public.

• Partnerships: To better serve residents the council hopes to continue establishing partnerships with other private and public groups to provide resources and opportunities.

• Infrastructure and facilities: The council would like to increase the value and extend the life of structures, parks and facilities in the city through infrastructure and facilities. The goal includes finding the best use for old St. Joseph school and making sure recreation improvements are tied to defined needs.

• Growth: As part of its goals the council wants to ensure balanced community and economic development. It plans to achieve this with additional planning to carry out the needs identified in the 2030 comprehensive guide and to work with the University of Minnesota on its development of UMore Park.

In other business the council appointed and reappointed members to the city's advisory commissions. The appointments included Valerie Ege, planning commission; John Powell, planning commission; Richard Kolodziejski, planning commission; David Speich, utility commission; Mike Eliason, parks and recreation commission; and Barb Farrell, park and recreation commission.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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