ANNA — The Anna City Council unanimously passed a resolution at the city council meeting last evening affirming the city’s Strategic Plan, following a full review held earlier this month.


A daylong strategic planning session was held on Saturday, Feb. 3 devoted, in part, to a meticulous point-by-point review of the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan. The entire Council was present at the session, held at the offices of Randall Scott Architects in Richardson. The session was moderated by Interim City Manager Bill Shipp.


Council members reviewed the City of Anna Strategic Plan 2017-2022 and made no substantial changes to it, affirming their support of the principles and values contained in the document, including the Vision, Guiding Principles, Mission and the three strategic themes of Economic Development, Community Vibranc, and Facilities and Infrastructure.


Each of the three themes encompasses several subordinate goals.


For example, under the Economic Development theme, the subordinate goal is: Pursue Targeted Economic Development. Under the Community Vibrancy theme, there are four subordinate goals. These include: Improve Curb/Aesthetic Appeal of Community; Diversify Housing and Neighborhood Options; Promote our Community Brand, and; Encourage Inter-Local Cooperation.


The council opted to change the third goal slightly to: Promote our Community Identity. The semantic change from brand to identity was seen as a broader based description of the desired outcome.


The final theme of Facilities and Infrastructure includes two subordinate goals: Upgrade City Facilities and Infrastructure, and; Build Transportation Infrastructure.


After the review of the strategic plan, Randall Scott and staff gave the Council an update on the design plans for the anticipated municipal complex. New city facilities, including construction or reconstruction of fire and police stations, have been discussed by Council for the last several months.


The Council passed a resolution last evening agreeing to utilize Certificates of Obligation as financing instruments for the complex. The consensus among Council members was that this method was the most advantageous for underwriting the costs of construction.