Carroll commissioners defining goals and steps to meet them; Themes are family, economic development


In an effort to set clear goals for its term, the Board of County Commissioners tonight will present its Strategic Plan, a wide-ranging "to do" list for Carroll that targets economic development, planning and fiscal creativity.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in Room 003 of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster. The public is invited.

The commissioners will present eight goals tied to two themes, they said.

"Economic development and family," said Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier.

Tonight, county staff will present each of the goals and the efforts needed to accomplish them. The goals, as adopted by the commissioners yesterday,are:

Promote economic development.

Reduce the risk of crime and substance abuse, with attention to prevention, enforcement and treatment, so that Carroll County remains a safe place to live. The county will focus on youths and families.

Ensure that Carroll County remains a place where all citizens can live healthy, secure and productive lives.

Improve the network of state and local roads in Carroll County. Develop, adopt and implement a countywide transportation master plan.

Pursue an aggressive agricultural preservation program, encourage agribusiness and sponsor initiatives that sustain farming and maintain the county's rural heritage.

Promote a strong cooperative relationship with the Board of Education to address a mutual goal of providing quality, affordable education that prepares children to join the work force or seek higher education.

Create a better approach to industrial, commercial and residential land development by streamlining the development review, zoning and permitting processes.

Encourage county employees to be fiscally creative in an environment that sustains high energy and morale.

The commissioners plan to hold another public meeting next year to assess their progress toward reaching the goals, said Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge.

"Although we have talked about goals, it is important for us to make a formal announcement," Gouge said. "These are the plans we would like to follow."

Pub Date: 9/14/99

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