Some Columbia City Council members and department staff say they created a solid foundation during their annual retreat. The first day they focused on coming up with a clear vision statement with the help of hired consultants. By the end of the retreat, the council members and staff set aside specific priorities for the future. City Council member Helen Anthony said planning won’t stop since the retreat is over.
“We did commit to work on some committees, and the committees are all structured around what our priorities are for the next three years," Anthony said. "That is going to keep the council focused and the staff focused.
She says some of the priorities they have considered are growth management and the health, safety and welfare of Columbia’s citizens.