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  • Medford opens strategic plan to public

  • Medford residents can fill out a new survey that will help modify the city's Strategic Plan that outlines priorities for a six-year period, ending in 2018.
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  • Medford residents can fill out a new survey that will help modify the city's Strategic Plan that outlines priorities for a six-year period, ending in 2018.
    The plan was adopted in December 2012 by the City Council and focuses on topics such as a safe community, a healthy economy, public services and responsive leadership.
    "This is the first time we are taking this back to the public," said Glenda Wilson, assistant to the city manager.
    Residents can complete a survey at the city website, www.ci.medford.or.us.
    The survey asks for responses from four lists of goals. At the end of the survey, respondents fill out information about themselves.
    "It's not going to be anonymous," Wilson said.
    The survey results will be compiled in preparation for the City Council's goal-setting session in January 2014. The revised Strategic Plan will be adopted in February.
    When the plan was first adopted, some city councilors expressed misgivings about not including the public in the process.
    At the time, City Manager Eric Swanson said the city had reached out to residents previously, and many of their ideas and proposals had been included in the 23-page plan.
    Some proposals such as riparian areas will require public input at a later date, he said.
    Wilson said the city will update the Strategic Plan every year, including seeking public input.
    "It's an annual process to update," she said.
    The plan's first priority is to ensure a safe community by protecting people, property and the environment.
    The second priority is to continue to provide public education about law enforcement, gang activities, drug problems and emergency preparedness.
    Other topics include improving local parks and preparing the city better for floods.
    The plan describes 15 goals and 117 action items.
    Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or dmann@mailtribune.com.
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