Cramahe approves strategic plan
After a day-long planning session in January and review at more than one council meeting, the Cramahe Township Strategic Plan for 2013-14 was approved on Feb. 12. Council took the step to create a new plan when it appeared that many of the goals in the plan created in 2011 had already been fulfilled.
The plan spells out short- and long-term goals in five aspects of governance.
Improved quality and reduced quantity of storm water runoff is a long-term goal in the environmental stewardship area, along with reduced energy costs in municipally owned buildings. In the shorter term council expects to see the waste water treatment plant expansion finished.
The township will provide for various types of housing and conserve prime agricultural land in the long-term. As it strives for balanced growth the township will work with the County of Northumberland to attract new businesses.
In trying to make Cramahe safer, council plans, in the long-term, to build a new fire hall. A generator is on the short list for the Keeler Centre, along with corporate sponsors for public skating.
Sharing services with other municipalities in order to cut costs has always been a difficult goal to achieve, but council wants to keep exploring the idea. In the short term a replacement must be found for the lift in the township offices.
Technology is the key to enhanced customer service. Numerous goals involve increasing or improving the use of computers.
The Strategic Plan Update lists many other goals and is available at the township offices in Colborne.