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City Council sets two-year agenda

October 21, 2012 12:10 am


The Fredericksburg City Council emerged from a two-day planning retreat Saturday with a road map for the city staff to follow for the next two years.

The council discussed nine goals and more than 60 initiatives that city staff will work to implement.

The goals cover nine broad topics from improving public safety to promoting economic vitality to enhancing the character of the city and its neighborhoods.

Every two years--because that is how often voters elect council members to staggered four-year terms--the council meets for two days to plan the next two years.

The council will meet again Nov. 14 to discuss the initiatives in more detail.

Each council member suggested initiatives tied to each goal, and the group prioritized them.

The plans discussed range from shorter-term projects, such as repairing roads and traffic lights, to longer-range and more complex issues, such as making some city services more regional.

There were some things that nearly every council member was in agreement about, such as increasing staffing for emergency medical services to make advanced life support services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Some of the initiatives related to the $35.4 million courthouse the city is building at the corner of Princess Anne and Charlotte streets. They also discussed developing and funding a plan for using the current circuit courthouse, which is 160 years old.

Other initiatives were aimed at making the city more environmentally conscious through recycling, planting trees and protecting the Rappahannock River.

At the beginning of the retreat, the council reviewed the goals and initiatives it set two years ago, and city department heads presented status reports on different projects.

Robyn Sidersky: 540/374-5413

The Fredericksburg City Council set the following goals, ranked in order of importance to the council, at a two-day retreat Friday and Saturday:

Improve governance.

Promote economic vitality.

Improve public safety.

Enhance character of the city and neighborhoods.

Enhance historic character and vitality.

Improve transportation.

Enhance education.

Enhance sustainability and protect the natural environment.

Enhance parks/recreation and open space.

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