Special Meeting of the City Council Wednesday Morning

The Sierra Madre City Council will hold a Strategic Planning Retreat at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Youth Activity Center

By Justin Chapman, Sierra Madre Patch, 3/22/2011

Tomorrow's Strategic Planning Retreat special meeting of the Sierra Madre City Council is the latest retreat since October 14, 2010. It will be facilitated by Marilyn Snider of Snider and Associates, and will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Youth Activity Center, located at 611 E. Sierra Madre Boulevard.
According to the agenda, Mayor Joe Mosca will begin by explaining the purpose of the retreat, allowing time for public comment, and introducing the facilitator and recorder. Then Snider will explain her role as the facilitator as well as the roles of the recorder, the group, and the public. She will also go over strategic planning elements and the agenda for the meeting, followed by brief introductions of everyone in the group.
The meeting will go over the mission and purpose statement of the City of Sierra Madre, as well as the city's vision statement, core values, and desired goals from 2009 through 2012.
The group and facilitator will discuss what accomplishments have been made since the Oct. 2010 retreat as well as the city's internal weaknesses and challenges. They will go over external factors and trends as well, including demographic, economic, political, environmental, technological, and attitudinal, that will and might have an impact on the city in 2011 and 2012, both positively and negatively.
Next on the agenda is reviewing and revising the three year goals and discussing what needs to be achieved. They will development six month objectives, such as how and when the desired goals will be addressed and who will be accountable for specific, measurable results for each goal.
Then the facilitator will address what next steps are needed and how to set up a follow-up process to monitor the goals and objectives outlined during the meeting. This will include setting a date on the six month update plan.
The meeting will end with an open discussion, a summary of the retreat itself, and any closing remarks. The planned time for adjournment is 3 p.m.