Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman called the clan together Saturday to discuss strategic priorities – sitting down with the five new and four returning councillors to set council’s strategic direction over the next four years.
Councillors discussed several key issues they heard while campaigning including affordable housing, the opioid crisis, community safety, road safety, innovation, and customer service and decided on these five goals for the 2018-2022 Council term:
- Growing the city’s economy
- Fostering a safe and healthy city
- Building strong neighbourhoods
- Offering innovative and citizen-driven services
- Improving the ability to get around Barrie
“As a team of eleven we now have the honour of shaping our city for the next four years,” said Mayor Jeff Lehman. “There was a lot of energy in the room as this Council started setting our priorities. We know there’s a lot of work to do, and there is clearly a sense of optimism as we set the direction for our community. It starts with having a straightforward vision, which I believe we achieved today.”
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Staff will now work on developing action plans for each strategic direction and will report back to General Committee early in the New Year.