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Town Council adopts goals for 2018; individual assignments coming soon

The Town Council on Feb. 12, 2018 adopted their goals for the year, but will meet again in workshop session to assign individual councilors responsibility for carrying out certain goals.

Town Councilor Penny Jordan suggested the concept of assigning councilors leadership on attaining certain goals. "I think some of us have more ownership for some (goals) than others," she said. And, "we can't make it all happen - you've got to focus."

Councilors have been assigned ownership of particular goals in the past, said Council Chair Jessica Sullivan. She also suggested adopting the goals at the February meeting and figuring out their assignments at a future workshop.

The goals are grouped in to six categories, following a structure developed by the council last year. Each category is supported by a list of possible actions for attaining the goal:


Cape Elizabeth Town Council Goals

  1. Effective Leadership
  2. We will provide leadership for the community by enhancing good governance aspects such as transparency, accountability and integrity, and ensuring strong management structures.

    Potential Implementation Opportunities

    • Work with the town manager to commit to the development and implementation of services that address community needs.
    • Encourage the town manager to review succession planning in all departments.
    • Continue to examine opportunities to share services and resources with other communities.
    • Demonstrate through action adherence to the town council rules and Code of Ethics.
  3. Sustainable Community
  4. We are committed to a sustainable future and implementation of policies and projects to improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the community.

    Potential Implementation Opportunities

    • Actively support the work of the Comprehensive Planning Committee's ongoing work.
    • Review funding mechanisms for land preservation and for the stewardship of the town's open spaces.
    • Explore opportunities to enhance the community's diversity.
    • Align committees with the long-term mission of sustainability and renewable energy.
    • Facilitate the process to resolve the paper streets issue (Surfside Avenue, Atlantic Place, and Lighthouse Point)
  5. Engaged Citizens
  6. We will improve and expand communications with citizens and other stakeholders.

    Potential Implementation Opportunities

    • Continue public forums on specific issues and topics of interest to members of the community.
    • Explore new ways to solicit public input including citizen surveys.
    • Develop new communications tools and better leverage existing ones to disseminate information to the public via the creation of a monthly email newsletter from town hall.
    • Consider standardized response protocol for citizen inquiries and communications.
  7. Effective Boards and Committees
  8. We will work with advisory boards and committees to ensure strong focus and alignment of priorities.

    Potential Implementation Opportunities

    • Conduct an annual orientation and information session for all boards and committees.
    • Request each board and committee to present annual goals and work plans by March 31.
    • Recognize the service of the town's volunteers.
    • Implement a system of reporting to enhance communication between the council and committees.
  9. Improved Infrastructure, Facilities and Services
  10. We will continue to improve and enhance municipal infrastructure, facilities and delivery of services.

    Potential Implementation Opportunities

    • Work with the Fort Williams Park Committee to review the mission, vision and financial sustainability of Fort Williams Park.
    • Receive the report from the Spurwink School Reuse Committee and consider further action.
    • Review with community services actions taken since receipt of the report on senior citizens.
    • Improve access for commercial and recreational watercraft in the Kettle Cove/Crescent Beach area.
    • Explore / improve cellular and telecommunications infrastructure and explore related revenue opportunities.
  11. Fiscal Management
    • Ensure that any new goal or program is reviewed with business model principles.
    • Continue to examine opportunities to share services and resources with other communities.
    • Explore the creation and implementation of a senior citizen property tax relief program.
    • Review all municipal fees and revenues sources, including grants.