A strategic plan to improve the economy and image of the city was presented to the Stanton City Council Tuesday night.
“The most important part of this goes back to your city motto,” said consultant William Kelly of Kelly and Associates. “Forward vision and where are you going?”
He enumerated what he felt were the city’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, then listed seven goals.
• a thriving business community.
• addressing ongoing fiscal concerns.
• finding new tools for public safety.
• improving the city’s public relations and marketing.
• improve the visual landscape.
• upgrade city facilities.
• enhance education programs for city employees.
He urged the council not to add new goals, arguing that it would detract from accomplishing the original seven.
Councilman Al Ethan raised the point of the city’s image. “A few years ago I raised the idea of changing the city’s name. That went belly-up, but it got a lot of attention. Changing people’s idea about Stanton … that’s going to take an effort. I don’t know how that can happen.”
Kelly responded that “It takes a while to make that turn. It will happen.”
Ethans replied, “I’m at the age where I need it to happen soon.”
Others were more optimistic. According to Mayor David Shawver, the city has already moved toward some of the goals. “These are ongoing. We are continuing in those directions,” he said. “We’ve laid a groundwork to expand and move forward.”
The strategic plan was adopted by a vote of 5-0.
Also Tuesday night, the council voted to approve an ordinance banning outdoor donation collection bins, except for those related to recycling. Problems with illegal dumping around the bins, as well as graffiti, inspired the move.