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Setting goals sets pace for year

Over the next couple of weeks the Rosemount City Council will sit down and set some goals. It's not an exciting process. In fact, Rosemount mayor Bill Droste will admit it's boring and tedious.

But the benefits of sitting down and creating some big-picture goals far outweigh the negatives.

"I personally think setting goals is very important," Droste said. "When you've got five independent people, it's good to focus and look at the horizon and the future."

The council will sit down for the first of two goal-setting workshops from 4 to 9 p.m. Feb. 10. The second meeting will be held 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 19. Both meetings will likely be held at the Steeple Center and are open to the public.

City administrator Dwight Johnson said the meeting will begin with a briefing about the current state of the city, including updates on the city's finances and projects going on at the staff level.

Then the council will discuss 2010 and what the city wanted to work on. After that, Johnson said, each councilperson will be asked to write down goals and then they will organize those priorities.

While the process can be cumbersome, Johnson said goal setting helps set clear expectations for the city, including staff.

"It's good to take a few hours and look at the bigger picture," said Johnson. "I think it's important to organize work for the coming year, especially for staff."

The council usually comes up with five or six overarching goals and then has smaller priorities within those areas.

In 2010 the goals included providing exceptional yet efficient services, communication with residents, seek out partnerships with other agencies, increase the value and longevity of infrastructure and facilities and ensure well-planned growth including economic and residential.

While there is more work to do, Droste said he felt the city made strides towards meeting the 2010 goals. This year, Droste feels like budgeting and economic development will be key factors.

"It's hard work to come up with goals but I feel it would be problematic not to," said Droste.

Droste said examples of things the council has set as goals include the construction of the Robert Trail Library and getting more retail and eating establishments along County Road 42.

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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