The agenda for Asheville City Council’s annual retreat was released Thursday afternoon, providing insight into the direction the annual event will take. Here are a few highlights:
Included on the agenda is a review of Council’s rules of procedure, such as how items get listed for discussion in normal Council meetings. The two-day retreat will work as a sort of orientation for new Council members Esther Manheimer, Gordon Smith and Cecil Bothwell, as well as a refresher for re-elected Mayor Terry Bellamy and returning Council members Jan Davis, Brownie Newman and Bill Russell. At the retreat, Council members and staff also typically devote time to develop overarching strategies for the next year.
While most procedural briefings like the budget timeline and development of a Strategic Operating Plan will be reserved for Saturday, the retreat’s first day will deal with big-picture items and goal setting, or as stated in agenda items: “Given the issues discussed during this retreat, what should we focus on this year?” and “What reputation do you want to have or legacy do you hope to collectively create for the benefit of Asheville?”
Asheville City Council will meet from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m Friday, Jan. 8, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Gladfelter building on the Warren Wilson College campus. Look for updates from the retreat at www.mountainx.com.
Click here to see the weekend’s agenda (as well as the agenda for the January 12 regular meeting).
— Brian Postelle, staff writer