Cape Elizabeth council creates lengthy list of goals

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Town councilors have identified a few dozen goals they have for the upcoming year, most of which relate to ongoing town projects and the environment.

The Town Council met Monday for a workshop to set goals for 2017. Chairman Jamie Garvin asked his fellow councilors to list big-picture goals, but more than 40 ideas were generated.

Prior to Monday’s meeting, Garvin sent a memo to the other councilors, saying he wanted to create a “focused, measurable, and impactful set of initiatives.” He said this year’s goals were more like tasks instead of an “overarching set of goals,” and that for the coming year he’d like the goals to be more focused.

“My hope is that we avoid simply creating a lengthy wish list, but instead create a concise set of goals that represent our collective view for the year ahead,” Garvin wrote in his Dec. 3 memo. “Overall these should be our goals, and not simply a collected and curated list of everyone’s personal projects.”

Garvin met with Town Manager Mike McGovern on Tuesday to organize the ideas discussed by councilors and to create a document to share with the group in the coming weeks.

One goal discussed Monday night was hiring a new town manager. McGovern announced Aug. 22 that he will retire Dec. 31 after 31 years as town manager. Councilors, who are in the process of searching for a new manager, said they want the new manager to have a proper orientation and transition period.

Councilors also said they want to develop a long-term vision for Fort Williams Park. The town has been discussing what should be done with the park amid concerns about parking, overcrowding and revenue options.

Another goal that relates to an ongoing town project is creating a new Comprehensive Plan, which is in the first stage of development. The process is expected to take two years.

In terms of environmental goals, Councilor Sara Lennon said she wants to establish funding mechanisms for the town’s land acquisition fund, look at renewable energy options, and consider creating an environmental coalition.

Councilor Penny Jordan said she wants to look at how the town can reduce the use of fossil fuels; look at more ways Cape Elizabeth can share resources with other towns, and how the town should address traffic concerns at the intersection of Route 77 and Scott Dyer Road.

Other goals proposed included increasing communication with residents, imposing a marijuana moratorium, and getting a better understanding of the roles played by nonprofit foundations that support the town.

Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or kgardner@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.

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I'm a reporter for The Forecaster covering Freeport, Yarmouth, Chebeague Island, and Cape Elizabeth. I'm from a small town in NH no one's ever heard of. When not reporting, I can be found eating pasta and reading books, often at the same time.
  • Mainer1

    Of course you don’t see anything about lowering the tax burden on residents, only more silly spending, hiring more consultants and recreating the wheel. wait till the school budget asks for another million with a decline of 50 students.