Selectmen OK panel to create strategic plan
Published 4:19 pm, Thursday, February 16, 2017
The board had hoped to get some public comment at Wednesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting on the committee, but no one showed up to do so.
“If there’s nobody here, we can schedule another public comment,” First Selectman Mike Tetreau said, but in the meantime suggested the board get started by deciding on the number of people for the committee. Tetreau said he was looking at having five people on the panel.
Selectman Chris Tymniak said he would like representatives from the university and business communities, and Selectman Edward Bateson said there should be people from small and large businesses and a representative from nonprofits.
The committee’s charge will include coming up with a request for proposals, and hiring a consultant to help create the strategic plan.
Originally, the selectmen had talked about establishing a three-member steering committee.
“Seeing that approach, I could see going to five,” Bateson said. Tetreau said with just three members, it can make getting a quorum difficult.
Once the selectmen have adopted a charge for the committee, Tetreau said, they can send out a press release, looking for resumes from people interested in serving.
As well as creating an RFP for a consultant, the committee will look at where the town is now, what are its major strengths and weaknesses, and what opportunities and challenges face the town.