Ashcroft adopts new Strategic Plan

The Village of Ashcroft's new strategic plan outlines time frames for projects between 2015-2018.

Ashcroft Council approved a new Strategic Plan for 2015-2018 as presented to them at their Dec. 14 Council meeting.

The six-page Plan resulted from a two day workshop with Randy Diehl, former city administrator for Kamloops and now head of Diehl Management Services. Village operations were reviewed and future plans were organized into groups with completion dates.

Projects such as an Economic Development Plan and the Water Treatment Plant are broken down into several stages, and some items are already completed such as the Strategic Plan itself.

“I’m hoping that on some of these targets we can move a little quicker,” said Coun. Al Mertens.

“If your name is beside them, I’m sure you can,” said Mayor Jack Jeyes. “If it’s someone else’s name, a little friendly persuasion might work.”

Part of the Strategic Plan identifies which councillors and staff members will work on the various projects.

“Is there something that prevents us from moving faster?” asked Mertens.

“I don’t see any reason why we can’t act on them sooner if we have the time,” said Coun. Barbara Roden, “but 2016 is going to be busy with water treatment plant.”

Council also revised the Village’s Vision and Mission, replacing some of the wording after a 10 minute discussion of “expand” versus “increase”.

The Villlage’s Vision reads: The Village of Ashcroft is a welcoming, safe, and attractive community where our citizens have a strong sense of wellbeing, embrace their history, and believe in their future.

The Village’s Mission reads: To Increase Our Potential.

The Principles remained unaltered:

As Stewards of the Public Trust, we serve All Citizens in a fair and transparent manner through: Accountable Leadership; Financial Sustainability; Social Responsibility; and Balanced Decision Making.

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