City looks back at past five years

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The City Council will have a goal-setting workshop May 29. Landon: City has done more with less.

Over the past five years, Palm Coast has added three new fire stations, developed Town Center and miles of trails, and a Panera Bread has opened, but as the City Council’s five-year strategic plan comes to an end, city officials are beginning to prepare for the next five years.

In 2007, the City Council set its goals and priorities for a five-year strategic plan.

One of the city’s goals was maintaining a safe community.

According to the National Citizen Survey, which the city has used since 2002, 92% of residents in 2011 felt “excellent” or “good” about the city’s fire services. Conversely, 69% felt “excellent” or “good” regarding emergency preparedness.

City Manager Jim Landon said Tuesday that the real take away from the five-year progress report is the city has been doing more with less.

Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts responded to Landon’s statement by saying he takes exception to that.

“We have performed differently,” Netts said. “We have changed our approach. I think you could argue that we maybe have not performed more.

“You’ll never convince me that you can mix sawdust with the horse’s oats, and have the horse survive.”

The City Council will have a goal-setting workshop May 29. In the meantime, city staff will meet with the council members to map out the next five-year plan.

At Tuesday’s workshop meeting, Landon said the presentation was the “last of looking back.”

“Now it’s a matter of looking forward,” he said. “It’s supposed to be a process instead of us just telling you — it’s more of working together and you telling us the priorities and policies.”

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