City council adopts 2017 strategic plan

Members of the Cordova City council have approved a resolution adopting a new strategic action plan emphasizing economic sustainability as the focused goal.

The resolution is the culmination of efforts that began in January to provide direction for the city, given the current status of the national and state economies and the unpredictability of the fishing industry, city officials said.

The plan calls for identifying and examining exemptions and exceptions to current taxes, in addition to already discussed taxes, such as the 1 percent seasonal sales tax and property taxes and how those might support and enhance economic stability.

The plan also calls for completing a rate study for all funds that charge fees and rats, completing the Adams Street sidewalk project in 2017, redefining and implementing a new budgeting process for 2018, and beginning new tourism/marketing and event identification strategies.

Also part of the plan are completion of phase 1 of the waste oil project, working with partners to bring conferences and other events to Cordova, and working on evaluating partnerships, plus continued work on the strategic plan.

City officials expect to release more details on the strategic plan in the next few weeks. Meanwhile questions or comments may be directed to the Cordova City Council or city manager Alan Lanning.