Council approves 2014 goals

Published 10:10 am Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Austin City Council approved its annual goals at its Monday meeting, many of which continued 2013 priorities.

The council didn’t have a formal discussion concerning its goals this year. Council members instead submitted goals and ideas that they hoped the city would take on in 2014, and city staff formed a list based on the council’s common desires.

Council members still want to support Vision 2020, deal with rental housing, work on flooding issues, increase online communication with residents through the city website and social media, and find ways to attract businesses to Austin. Some of the council’s new goals include hiring a city administrator, another building inspector and a stormwater/water quality specialist, as well as create paperless council agendas and establish an annual employee review process.

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Council Member Jeff Austin said he hoped the council would discuss the goals a little more as the council didn’t use much of its meeting times over the past few months to come to an agreement.

“Next time, maybe we should give ourselves a little bit more time,” he said during the meeting Monday.