City Seeking Public Comment on City Council and Mayor Goals
The city is seeking public input and comment on the draft City Council and Mayor Goals document.
After four months of public meetings, the city council completed work on the draft goals, which are meant to guide the city for the next three-plus years, on Monday, Feb. 10.
The goals cover seven specific areas, including enhancing public safety, achieving financial sustainability, promoting economic development and new entrepreneurship, promoting vibrant business districts, achieving environmental sustainability, maintaining a high quality of life and achieving effective city government.
The goals cover 14 pages and include objectives, actions and status/implementation steps.
Among the top goals are finding $6 million in funding to replace Windsor Road between Philo Road and Race Street; continuing legal and legislative efforts to reverse the hospital taxation exemption legislation approved by the Illinois General Assembly in 2012; consideration of a replacement program to Build Urbana to help jump start single-family home construction; pursuing redevelopment of the Hanford Inn site; and working to find a developer for a major catalyst project in downtown Urbana.
Input from the public is welcome and could lead to revision of the goals before they receive final city council approval.