Sherburne County setting goals

by Joni Astrup

Associate Editor

Sherburne County commissioners and department heads are establishing priorities for the next few years.

They met in a wide-ranging, 2 1/2 hour workshop April 24 at the Elk River Library community room to drill down into a number of topics. The issues ranged from quality of life and economic vitality to parks and trails to enhancing partnerships and fostering excellence.

County Administrator Steve Taylor described the strategic priority plan as not etched in stone. It’s a way to make sure “we’re all singing from the same sheet of music, if you will,” he said.

“Over time this plan will evolve, and I suspect strongly that it will get better. This is really just a starting point,” he told the group.

The plan, which is still in draft form, is designed to guide the county’s work over the next one to three years. There are five general goals in the draft plan, with a number of strategies under each one. The five goals are:

•Promote healthy, safe and livable communities.

•Encourage economic vitality.

•Enhance and expand partnerships while creating an informed public.

•Continue to be fiscally prudent and stewards of the public trust.

•Foster organizational excellence.