I THOUGHT THAT as we are coming to the end of our year, I would summarize a few of our strategic planning areas and what we did this past year in support of those seven areas. These are in no particular order, just a summary.
Our strategic plan just went through a very thorough review by Vince Larson and John Halada. We will make some adjustments in the months ahead because it is a “living document.” This plan charts our course through everything for our town, even employee evaluations and board of commissioners actions.
Goal: Manage financial resources to provide for a well-run and efficient government. This should be the goal of every level of government. Unfortunately it isn’t. This is why I always say the best government is the one closest to the people – because they’re held directly responsible.
Goal: Build a stronger sense of community.
Objective 1: Encourage participation of residents in the service of the community. This not only applies to our Pine Knoll Shores community, but our community that surrounds us. I see PKS residents in activities all over the county. I’ve seen Bill Hotham working on Habitat for Humanity houses and Eileen Temple volunteering at the hospital. There are so many of you that unfortunately I can’t name you all. But “thank you!” You are what make our community work for all of us.
Objective 2: Seek and support civic activity to bring citizens together. The first thing I think of is our community effort for our Kayak for the Warriors event. But there are many more! Our parades, our different boards and our commissions bring people together to work together in the best interest of our town and our community. The garden club and woman’s club not only make our town look extraordinary, but each group works together in the best interest of our town and our reputation throughout our larger community.
Objective 3: Consider unique needs of part-time residents and visitors. Communication with all citizens remains my top priority. We keep trying better ways to communicate and improve our use of technology to do it. For those citizens in the Raleigh area, we will have another “Dinner with the Mayor” over the winter like we did last year in Apex. Community is about working together for the common good. This works well with my top goal of communication with everyone.
There are two areas that we haven’t directly addressed in our strategic plan, one, our employee team members. The other is our hard work, especially the past few years, of keeping other government levels out of our business
We recently had elections for mayor and commissioners in our town. I want to thank you for the opportunity to work for you and the confidence you have placed in me to represent our town, our county, and our state. Thank you!
As we wind up another year, and unquestionably the fastest in my life, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2016!