Council special meeting today focuses on strategic plan, budget goals

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez City Council will meet in a special session today to discuss goals for its 2019-20 Strategic Plan as well as its 2019-21 budget.

In addition, members will hear updates on the preliminary 2019-21 capital improvement projects.

A report prepared by Michael Chandler, deputy director of Administrative Services, and submitted by Manjit Sappal in his role as acting city manager, said the task of preparing the next two-year budget will take about three months.

Part of that work involves strategic planning, as outlined during the Council’s Dec. 21, 2016 meeting, the report said. Council agreed with the process, and the city proceeded with study sessions and reviews as well as identifying priorities for the 2017-19 budget and strategic plan.

However, staff recommended creating a five-year strategic planning effort for the Fiscal Year 2019-21 budget.

That strategic plan is expected to guide the city into becoming a sustainable organization, tell residents about city services, needs and financial capacity as well as to incorporate ideas and recommendations from the community, the report said.

Besides the city’s vision and mission statements, the plan lists goals that are the framework that guides and focuses the city organization in decision making and allocation of its resources, according to the report. Those goals are sustainable fiscal health, infrastructure improvements, a safe community, economic health, a high-performing government and enhanced quality of life.

It includes an action plan that illustrates how to carry out other elements of the strategic plan. Items on the action plan are divided into tiers, with the top tier consisting of those the city is required to do by such agencies as the state or federal governments, the report said.

The second tier is a list of items identified by the Council and city staff as priorities, but aren’t necessarily required actions. Tier 3 lists items considered priorities for the prior budget cycle but remain incomplete.

Completed items are listed at the end of the Strategic Plan, according to the report.

The Council also will see a list of proposed maintenance and construction projects for the 2019-21 year.

Patrick Ibarra of the Mejorando Group will lead the goal-setting session

After today’s session, city employees will continu3 refining the Strategic Plan to reflect Council priorities and to provide estimate costs and the resources needed to complete each item. The plan will be incorporated into te 2019-21 budget that will be submitted for Council review and adoption.

The special meeting will start at 6 p.m. today in the Council Chamber of Martinez City Hall, 525 Henrietta St.

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