Town Council Retreat Scheduled Jan. 19-20

Post Date:01/16/2007
The Town Council will meet Jan. 19-20 at The Franklin Hotel, 311 W. Franklin St., to discuss where the Town will be in the future and the direction it will follow to get to that place.

The purpose of the Council Retreat is to determine the Town’s current and future priorities and create shared commitments among the Council, manager, staff, and residents regarding the goals and strategies required to appropriately address priorities.

“We intend to identify shared community goals and values, and use these goals to propel us forward,” said Town Manager Roger Stancil. “We believe this process is unique and will result in a positive step forward for Chapel Hill.”

The retreat has been planned by Mayor pro tem Bill Strom, Council Member Cam Hill, Town Manager Roger Stancil, Planning Director J.B. Culpepper, Finance Director Kay Johnson, and Public Works Director Bill Letteri, with assistance from Tim Dempsey, who facilitated discussion of Town goals and priorities among members of the Council.

The Council this year has invited earlier and fuller participation by Town staff in the planning process. The process also aims to shift from a financial-based review of revenues and expenditures to a broader conversation of goals and values. These discussions will lay the groundwork for developing the budget and help to prioritize how the Town will use current and future resources to achieve identified goals.

As the Council considers priorities for the future, it has invited input from the Town management team. The Council and department directors have exchanged lists of their perceived Town successes, trends and priorities. Although the data was collected independently, the lists show many synergies. This action-oriented planning process requires broader participation to address past and present successes, anticipate the future, examine trends and assess current capabilities.

The changes to the retreat planning process were made in a spirit of continuous improvement. Chapel Hill is a municipality well known for the foresight and planning of its Town Council. When two national bond rating agencies assigned the highest possible bond ratings to Chapel Hill, the agencies (Standard and Poors, and Moody’s) noted the quality of leadership reflected by the Town’s solid financial health, management, and overall planning.

For more information on the Council Planning Retreat, contact Town Manager Roger Stancil at (919) 968-2743 or
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