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    City making progress on strategic plan goals

    Chestermere city council received the first quarterly progress report on the implementation of the city’s new strategic plan at the April 16 council meeting.

    The new strategic plan was passed by city council on Feb. 20 and included 42 strategies for city administration and council to work towards to create council’s new vision for the city.

    Of those strategies, 18 have been identified as a focus for staff to complete in 2018. Two strategies have been target for completion in each of the first three quarters of the year with the remain 12 to be completed by the end of the year.

    The city has succeeded in implementing the first quarter goals of passing a strategic plan and hiring a recruitment firm to assist in the search for a new permanent Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).

    The city considers itself to be about 75 per cent complete for their quarter 2 goals. Of these, council is interviewing candidates for the position of  CAO and hopes to have a candidate selected before the end of the second quarter.

    The city’s other goal is to support the AUMA initiative for a more equitable police funding model. To this end a letter has been sent in support of the initiative to both the president of the AUMA and to MLA Leela Aheer.

    Goals for the rest of the year include directing Chestermere Utilities Inc. to look for ways to reduce utility rates in the city, improve communication between city council and residents, maintain the recreational potential of the lake, support the arts in Chestermere, and identify needs and opportunities for more diverse housing.