Public feedback asked for city goal setting

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


When the Washington City Council holds its annual goal setting session on Nov. 28, pubhlic input is hoped to be a large part of the discussion as the council is asking the community to take a survey on what priorities should be.

City administrator Brent Hinson said Wednesday that an online survey has been set up for Washington residents to give their feedback to the council. The survey can be reached by going on the Internet to A paper copy of the survey is also available at City Hall.

?We take a little different approach every year as far as getting input into our goal setting,? Hinson said. ?This year we want the public to respond to a survey.?

He said there would also be a public input session at the regular city council meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Nicola-Stoufer Room of the Washington Public Library.

In the survey, the public will be asked to list the city?s significant accomplishments, specific issues that impact city services, projects the city should consider and what the city?s top goal should be over the next three to five years.

The end date of the survey will be Nov. 21. Hinson said the survey should take no longer than 10 minutes.

Hinson said the goal setting workshop will be facilitated by a consultant this year. In the past, input has been gathered through citizen focus groups or by sending surveys to specific people in the community.

The goal setting session is the first step toward the annual budgeting for the coming year. Hinson said the goal of the process is to use the goal setting process to get all the council members on the same page. Hinson said the incoming council members would be part of the goal setting workshop.