FAIRFIELD — The Board of Selectmen is looking for five people to serve as the core of the Strategic Plan Committee.

“I like the idea of a five member steering committee,” Selectman Chris Tymniak said.

The five would be involved in all three phases of the plan, with other people being brought on as needed, First Selectman Mike Tetreau said.

“I think the key is stakeholder involvement,” Tetreau said. “We really want this to be a town a plan, a community plan, not just something the committee does on its own.”

He said his idea is for these five would report on the plan’s approach, and develop the RFP for a consultant.

A strategic plan for a town is a report that defines what a town wants to be in the future combining economic drivers, government structure, social issues and initiatives like private-public partnerships and infrastructure improvements.

Tymniak said he’s been involved in developing strategic plans for other towns. “They kicked off the process with a large community meeting,” Tymniak said. To help identify goals, he said, everybody threw ideas up on a board. Tymniak suggested that a community session would be a good starting point for Fairfield.

“That’s a good thought,” Tetreau said, adding it could help to “get it all organized.”

Tetreau said his reason for having a core group, or steering committee, that stays the same throughout the process is to keep any institutional knowledge as they go from phase to phase. “We want to make sure we don’t lose in phase 3 what we learned in phase 2,” he said.

The First Selectman also said he envisioned having the committee give regular updates, perhaps quarterly, to the Board of Selectmen. “This is one big design phase,” Tetreau said.

“I’d like to get this in motion,” Tymniak said, “move it into the action state.”

Tetreau said he would work on a draft charge for the committee, and begin soliciting steering committee members. He said he would like to see a committee that made heavy use of social media, providing community updates. “Possibly even have some educational sessions for the community, about what the strategic plan is and what it does,” Tetreau said.

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