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Galt City Council to continue goal-setting sessions

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Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 6:24 am

Galt City Council members will continue to meet with the same third-party facilitator, Marilyn Snider, every six months to discuss objectives and goals, they decided with a 4-0 vote at Tuesday’s regular council meeting. Councilman Curt Campion was absent.

“We are very open and transparent with what we’re doing here, and it helps the city council be on the same page,” City Manager Jason Behrmann said.

Goal-setting is among the best practices municipalities can participate in, he added.

The city’s current strategic planning process includes holding workshops to set three-year goals with objectives set for every six months. They are all posted on the city’s website and progression discussed at each council meeting.

Each twice-yearly workshop costs about $3,800.

Councilman Mark Crews said the process works. While he takes issue with how the current facilitator runs the workshops, he is willing to continue working with her. She has been facilitating for Galt since 2010.

Councilman Mike Singleton, however, credited her with helping the city meet what he estimated has been 98 percent of its goals. Among them are launching a city Facebook page and issuing building permits to Walmart.

“The session works well,” Singleton said.

The most recent workshop was held on Jan. 9, when new goals and objectives were set. These include department heads making recommendations by March regarding the need for new technologies, evaluating the feasibility of accepting EBT cards at the Galt Market, and using employee survey results to find ways to attract, retain and develop city employees.Also on Tuesday, council members approved allowing Behrmann to negotiate and execute certain multi-year contracts up to $50,000 with on-call engineering consultants.

West Yost Associates was chosen to handle the water, sewer and stormwater rate studies, while Omni-Means Engineers, Ltd., will oversee the utility impact fee reviews, with a 4-0 vote for both.

In November, the city issued a request for qualifications for on-call engineering services that would streamline routine consultant services, allowing staff to more efficiently meet the needs of the city’s other projects, according to Public Works Director Steven Winkler.

Additional contracts for other projects will be presented for consideration to the city council at a later date, he said Tuesday.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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