Going for the goals

Washington City Council to discuss 2019 goals

With the goals set by the Washington City Council for 2018 all well underway, the council will soon turn its attention to the 2019 year and what needs to be accomplished.

After the regular Washington City Council meeting Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m., in the Washington Public Library, council members will begin considering setting the city’s goals for 2019 and 2020 as part of a workshop that will be held at the end of the meeting. City Administrator Brent Hinson said the goals set for 2018 have all been started and are in various stages of completion. He believes the council also will want to make additions to those goals.

“I would guess from the council’s actions so far we won’t make major changes to the goals from last year,” he said. “We will just make minor changes. There may be a thing or two added. The department heads have talked and will have some suggestions and we will just refine those priorities.”

The top priorities for last year included: designing and constructing wellness park phase 1; address sewer inflow and infiltration; promote housing development; and move forward on the construction of a fire station and renovation of municipal building.

Hinson said there were things to update on all of them. An example he gave is the wellness park phase 1 has been split into two phases.

In addressing sewer inflow and infiltration, the council has scheduled a major project for the coming year. Hinson said the $1.6 million sewer project would be bid out shortly after Jan. 1, 2019. The project will rehabilitate the southeast basin. The city also will begin planning for a 2020 project or sewer separations in the area of Stewart Elementary.

Discussions of housing and developments in Washington are an ongoing issue. Hinson said the city is moving ahead with a subdivision on South 15th Avenue.

Construction on the new fire station is expected to begin as early as this week. The building is expected to arrive during the second week in December.

Hinson said one addition the council may consider is the addition of a capital equipment plan to determine when equipment will be upgraded.