It took three meetings to get there, but the city of Corvallis has an updated strategic operational plan to work with.
The document, which was championed last year by City Manager Mark Shepard as a replacement for the Corvallis City Council’s goal-setting process, is meant to guide city planning and workflow.
The amended plan passed on a 9-0 vote late in Tuesday’s four-hour council meeting at the downtown fire station. The plan had previously been discussed at Jan. 24 and Feb. 7 work sessions. Under council policy no votes can be taken at work sessions.
Councilors passed three plan amendments Tuesday. Two of them focused on climate action, a key issue in the debate. One amendment, proposed by Ward 5’s Charlyn Ellis, calls for a community greenhouse gas inventory in addition to one covering city operations. A second, championed by Ward 2’s Charles Maughan. called for quicker action on meeting renewable energy use goals.
The third amendment, proposed by Ward 4’s Barbara Bull, aimed to make the land-use goals in the plan more specific.
Ward 7 Councilor Bill Glassmire proposed a pair of amendments. One dealt with trying to craft a way to allow staff more time to work on innovation and long-range planning. Shepard said he would be happy to work with Glassmire to refine the concept and the amendment was voted down.
A second Glassmire amendment called for the Finance Department to work to come up with more creative revenue alternatives. During the discussion councilors noted that the work of the Sustainable Budget Task Force, which met 22 times between June 2015 and December 2016, essentially had covered the territory, and Glassmire withdrew the amendment.