Over the past year, I have seen a need for several specific items that I have brought forward to the 2020 budget process. These requests represent good value for money and allow the municipality to push itself forward into the future.
AMCTO Staff Training on “Report Writing for Municipalities”
Members of Council are elected by their constituents to make decisions for the municipality while staff are appointed for their expertise and experience. Staff typically make professional recommendations to Council that provide the necessary information for Council to make an informed decision. While we have strong and professional staff team, it is my belief that they would benefit from this training opportunity. AMCTO's "Report Writing for Municipalities" course provides the necessary fundamentals for staff to prepare comprehensive and informative reports for Council and members of the public.
Cost: $6500 plus HST (two $3000 full-day sessions plus $500 lunch)
Revenue: Estimated $4000 ($200 per participant from another municipality, estimated at 20 participants)
Each day would be able to accommodate 25 participants as per AMCTO. This would allow the Township to break up our staff over two days for Township Hall office hour coverage and invite other municipalities to participate to recover cost.
Strategic Planning Exercise
Most municipalities adopt Strategic Plans which outline Council's vision, goals and workplan for their Term of Council. The Township of McNab/Braeside went through a strategic planning exercise in 2016/2017; however, the plan was never adopted by Council and therefore did not become an official document of the Township. It is my desire that a renewed strategic planning exercise be held to allow Council, staff and residents to share their thoughts on where we should be going as a community. These consultation sessions would bring people together and allow us to develop common goals and strategies for the Township.
Client Satisfaction Surveying:
Client satisfaction surveys are done to provide an opportunity for residents to identify their top priorities. This would permit residents rank their satisfaction with existing services to allow the municipality to allocate its resources in areas of under-service and high public interest. Sometimes there are services that are important for residents. These surveys would provide Council with the information that it needs to provide the high-quality services that our residents need and deserve.