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Mayor Rochelle Robinson and the Douglasville City Council held their annual retreat on February 7th and 8th at the Courtyard Marriott in Lithia Springs. The retreat was moderated by Mara Shaw of the University of Georgia’s Carl Vison Institute of Government. During the retreat, Mayor and Council received departmental reports from city staff as well as reports from executive directors of the Douglasville/Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority (WSA), the Douglas County Economic Development Authority, the Atlanta Regional Commission, and the Transit Services Division/Connect Douglas.
These presentations allowed the Mayor and Council to get updates on projects not only happening within the City limits, but throughout Douglas county as well. It provided the Mayor and Council the opportunity to ask specific questions needed to help them craft their goals and objectives for the year.
“We have completed all goals set forth by the Mayor and Council for calendar year 2018,” City Manager Marcia Hampton said, “they heard reports from some of our community partners and city staff to help craft their goals and objectives for 2019.” Most of those goals and objectives for 2018 focused on internal operations of the City. These goals and objectives included the completion of a fleet maintenance assessment, which included an internal audit of the City’s vehicle fleet and determined a path to move forward tracking maintenance and the replacement of the City’s vehicles.
Others included additional internal audits of three City departments: Community Development (formerly Community and Development Services), Community Relations (formerly Communications), and the Municipal Courts. “These audits really allowed us to examine the level of efficiency at which these departments are serving the community,” Mayor Robinson commented, “since the reorganization, we’ve been able to exceed our expectations for the level of service we’ve been able to accomplish in all three departments.”
To conclude the retreat, the Mayor and Council constructed their goals for 2019 by utilizing the information provided to them by community partners and City staff. The highlights of this year’s goals and objectives include the completion of an analysis of current storm water issues that have been raised by private property owners within the City limits. The Mayor and Council wants to be able to address these issues in the policy process and review how stormwater is managed by WSA. Additionally, a facilities-use plan was requested for the Old Jail property. Coming off the heels of the recently completed environmental study, this analysis would be a joint venture by City staff and the Douglas County Economic Development Authority.
Finally, a preliminary analysis has been requested for repairs and upgrades that are needed for the Conference Center facility. Established in 2012, the Conference Center is due for repairs to the audio/visual system and regular maintenance associated with similar buildings.
“Our main concern with these goals is to ensure that we are offering superior quality services and facilities that our community can be proud of. Wanting Douglasville to be a destination, its important that we strategically plan today, so we can have sustained success for tomorrow,” Mayor Robinson explained.
Regular City Council meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of each month, while their Legislative Work sessions on the Thursday prior to the Regular Meeting.