Council meets to ‘keep F’ville moving forward’
farmersville – For the first time in nearly a decade, all five members of the Farmersville City Council met to celebrate successes from the past year and to set goals for the coming year. And, for the first time in several decades, it was all moving in a positive direction.
The five-hour workshop was held on Saturday, Jan. 28, to review the City’s progress to date, identify core values of the Council, the organization and the community, conducted strategic planning discussions and set goals for the year ahead. The Strategic Action Workshop was led by City Manager John Jansons with the assistance of a facilitator, Lynn Dredge, a local retired city manager with over 30 years of experience in California and the Central Valley. All five of Farmersville’s city councilors participated actively in the workshop and welcomed their newest member, Rosa Vasquez into “Team Farmersville” through team building discussions.
Mayor Paul Boyer commented, “I am grateful to my fellow council members, our city manager and our facilitator, retired Tulare city manager Lynn Dredge, for donating last Saturday to work together to create a vision for Farmersville’s future.”
Saturday’s session produced an expression of values in how the City Council will lead the community forward. Those values identified included: trust, teamwork, transparency, inclusion, accountability and responsiveness, among others.
According to Jansons, “the clear establishment of Council and organizational values and goals, reminds our staff and leadership of the importance of their work and the trust placed in them to do the people’s business.”
The City Council reviewed an accomplishment list of over 90 projects that have been completed or reached significant milestones over the past year including; the award-winning Highway 198 dual round-abouts (see story on A1), new 5 acre Sports Park, on-time budgets, reporting and clean audits, grand opening of new Rite Aid, increased graffiti abatement, the WE CARE – WE CALL crime prevention and quality of life program, and the receipt of new grant funds for safe routes to schools and fire department operations.
Beyond a focus on excellent public safety: fire and police, and a continuance toward financial health, the Council identified the priorities of managing the numerous, current infrastructure, utility and road projects underway to successful and timely completion, meeting critical deadlines, pursuing additional grant funds to embark on new projects in future and to create a culture of volunteerism in the community to keep Farmersville moving forward.