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July 12, 2014

Oskaloosa city officials working on strategic plan


The city council, along with the city manager and other officials, are in the process of developing a strategic plan for the city of Oskaloosa.

The plan would provide leaders an opportunity to make important decisions that will have a positive impact on the city 3-5 years in the future.

Although the the strategic plan is in its early stages, there will be future meetings to discuss the agenda. The goal is that there will be a meeting set up sometime in August. However, the official date cannot be confirmed. There was an agenda distributed by the city manager's office that stated there will be more opportunities to discuss strategic planning.

Amy Miller, city clerk and finance director for the city of Oskaloosa, said that it is too early to assess what will come out of the session.

We are in the planning phases right now. It is kind of a brainstorming thing,” Miller said.

She added the way the plan is outlined now might be subject to change in the future.

There will be possible modifications. They just did not say that this was set in stone. Everyone just threw out some ideas,” Miller said.

According to a document sent to the mayor and the city council, there is an indication of some plans that might take affect. It also outlines what the city is planning to accomplish. Some of the items on the document were left blank because officials are still brainstorming on possible answers. The hope is to have most of those questions and ideas addressed by the next meeting to discuss the topic.

The proposed vision is to ensure that Oskaloosa is developed into a town that is made an irresistible place to grow businesses and to assure the quality of life is enhanced for the whole community. A document provided by City Manager Michael Schrock Jr. to the city council outlined those areas. It included improvements dealing with recreation, higher education, ease of transportation, high-paying jobs, the quality of infrastructure, safety and host of other important topics.

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