The Midland Town Council met for a second retreat Monday, April 9. The council members continued their discussions from a previous meeting in January.
The purpose of the retreat was to outline goals and objectives for the town of Midland in the coming year. Each objective was broken down into sections based on importance and then given a specific action, time frame, and resources that would be needed to complete the goal.
Present at the meeting were council members Mike Tallent, Rich Wise, Doug Tucker, and Don McSheehan, and Mayor Kathy Kitts.
Also in attendance was Darren Rhodes, chief planner from the State of North Carolina Department of Commerce.
The meeting kicked off with a discussion on improving infrastructure in the town in three areas: continuation of grants for funding, implementing water and sewer installation, and determining town hall location and needs. Developing an approved policy for the budget process was next on the agenda. The town does not currently have a policy in place. They used a timeline for the previous years. A policy committee will review last year’s timeline and put an established policy into place. The committee hopes to have the policy in place in time for the new budget year.
The council ended the meeting with plans for beautifying the town with new banners and updating the Strategic Planning Committee, as well as improving law enforcement presence to deter crime.
Mayor Kitts described the plan for updating and revising the objectives of the town as a “living document” that is constantly evolving and updating in order to better the Town of Midland.