Toledo City Councilors, following up on an earlier workshop of wringing out some major issues, decided this week on specific goals for the town for the next few years.
Mayor Billie Jo Smith told News Lincoln County that the goals don’t represent specific projects but rather broad headings that the council would like the town to shoot for. Like:
* Creating a strong infrastructure for the town – roads, streets, sewer and water services.
* Making Toledo city government more financially strong and maintaining its commitment to being fiscally responsible.
* Law enforcement and fire departments to continue to professionally serve and protect the public
* Support city workers in their effort to provide the highest levels of government services to Toledo residents.
* Promote collaboration between Toledo city government and others in the region by creating new partnerships and promoting more citizen involvement in civic affairs.
* Enriching Toledo’s quality of life by maintaining and enhancing Toledo’s unique character; preserving the town’s “home town” reputation and atmosphere that makes it a good place to be.
* Economic Development: Promote economic growth.
Mayor Smith says that Toledo has a number of municipal plans in various stages of evolution, application and being carried out – facilities planning (ex. Police Department re-location) along with sewer, water and road improvements. Mayor Smith says the energy behind these plans must be preserved and strengthened and be given strong support to maintain progress toward successfully completing them. “And to do that,” she says, “requires someone who can keep everything organized and prioritized while also helping the city council and the city manager acquire outside grant funding, along with exploring other funding options. “And to help the City Manager and City Council with this daunting task she wants the city to fund a full time city planner. She said a full time city planner might also help provide encouragement and promotion of new and innovative economic development strategies using Toledo’s natural and human resources. Smith said Toledo is about to benefit substantially from the major growth of the Yaquina Boatyard – especially with the impending arrival of one of the biggest boat haul-out lifts on the West Coast arriving this Spring. She and many around town expect a rapid ramp-up for good paying family wage jobs as a result of it. They’re also expecting more generalized sustained economic growth as a spin-off to the boatyard’s rapid evolution from being a small backwater boatyard to becoming one of the leading boat repair and renovation facilities along the entire West Coast.
Mayor Smith says “I’m excited about Toledo. And with all this new economic activity and potential, the town will need more room to grow which may include an expansion of its Urban Growth Boundary and ultimately its City Limits to handle that growth.”