“The Fountain Hills Town Council on Thursday adopted its goals for fiscal year 2011-12 based on the town’s 2010 strategic plan.
The goals address civility, environmental stewardship, civic responsibility, education, learning and culture, economic vitality, and recreational opportunities and amenities. They will provide the framework for the council’s decisions in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.
“We are planning way ahead so we give staff plenty of time to be prepared to get things in order,” Mayor Jay Schlum said.
The goals “are fostered from our strategic plan, which is the direct feedback from many, many folks in our community as to where they wish the community to focus on,” he said.
Under civility, one of the goals is to “genuinely” solicit and consider public and stakeholder feedback as part of the decision-making process. Environmental stewardship involves exploring and implementing new technologies and opportunities that will minimize noise, air and light pollution, and reduce energy consumption.
Under economic vitality, one goal is to develop and maintain a balanced, equitable, sustainable and local financing structure to support the town’s core government services at desired service levels, as well as promote retention, expansion and relocation of quality businesses.
Also under economic vitality, the council is instructing town staff to develop a marketing plan and campaign, and to work with stakeholders, such as the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce, to ensure their marketing efforts complement each other and don’t overlap.
In other business, the council voted to extend until Dec. 31, 2011, the expiration date for businesses to display A-frame signs and banners for special sales events. Council members also asked town staff to step up enforcement of existing sign regulations during this extended period.”
As the end of the year is nearing, communities across the globe are reevaluating their various budgets. More and more communities are beginning to reduce the number of street lights in their communities to cut down on electrical costs. The problem isn’t with quantity, but rather, quality. Shielded lighting makes a light fixture effective. Period. It directs the light downward, requires a lower wattage light bulb and reduces energy consumption. Without proper shielding, light escapes into the sky and pollutes it. Though the initial cost to retrofit and/or replace current unshielded lights with proper shielding, the cost savings would be absolutely tremendous for years to come.
Let there be night!