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The City Commission is made up of seven residents who then elect a mayor to lead the meetings and perform other ceremonial functions. Members of the City Commission may serve a maximum of three consecutive terms of office. City elections are generally held in the "off year" cycle of national and state elections. Generally there are four seats on the Commission that are available at each election. City Commissioners are elected at large on a citywide basis.

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City of Plymouth
Strategic Plan 2017 - 2022


On Saturday, January 14, 2017, the City of Plymouth Board, Mayor, City Commission, City Manager and Department Heads met to discuss the future of the City.  The discussion began with identifying mutual expectations of the Manager, Mayor, Council Members and Department Heads and steps to continue to have a strong working team.  The discussion continued with developing a shared vision of the City’s future with major strategic goals and key objectives.  The following reflects the main points of their deliberations and decisions.

A Vision Tour

By 2022, visitors to the City of Plymouth will see the following:

·         Vibrant/active downtown

·         Increased and diverse experiences

·         Quality of life through continuing, improving partnerships

·         Collaboration – neighboring towns, school districts, private sector

·         Improving delivery of services through technology

·         Continuous infra-structure improvement

·         Parking/transportation

·         Stable financial picture

·         Flexible public safety model: police, fire, EMS

·         Serious financial issues – legacy and revenues

·         Population flat

·         Development

o   Community

§  Kellogg Park

§  Parking expand and/or replace/repair deck

§  PARC – permanency, taxes

o   Private

§  Saxton's mixed use

§  North Main/Old Village

§  Mill Street/Bathey

·         Staffing

o   Large turnover

o   Service delivery model

o   Privatization

o   Regionalization

o   Merger of operations with other city or municipality

o   Combined staff - shared services opportunities

o   Succession planning

·         Neighborhoods

o   Tear downs will continue

o   Data recovery/maintenance - improve data collection methods/processes

o   Website update

·         Infrastructure

·         Projects

o   PARC prominence

o   One Plymouth Community

o   Saxton’s Development

o   Plan in place for new central parking deck

o   Strong school district

o   Affordable housing

o   Keeping downtown vibrant (adaptation)

o   Succession planning

o   Combined staff resources


Major Goal Areas with Key Objectives and One Year Tasks

In order to realize this shared Vision of the future for the City of Plymouth the Commission and staff identified the following Four Goal areas with supporting Objectives and One Year Tasks:

I.        Quality of Life ( Commissioner Leaders: Deal and Wolcott)

Key Objectives

1.       Neighborhoods supported

2.       Parks, recreation collaboration

·         PARC taxes?

3.       Communication (Multi-platform)

4.       Cleanliness

5.       Events - Continue to host

One-Year Tasks

o   Consistent data access/content across departments/residents (Tom, Greta)

o   Increase cleanliness of construction sites with inter-department collaboration (John/Al/Adam)

o   Create partnerships (Joint Rec. Master Plan)to increase recreation infrastructure, including PARC (Steve/Billy)

o   Friendly email domain address (Tom)

o   Smartphone interface/phone app/email/suggestion box/easy to interact with city (Tom/Sam/Greta/Billy)

o   Event monitoring/surveys (Tony/Sam)

o   Kellogg Park - design, bids, etc. (Paul/Chris/Tony/Sam/John)


II.      Financial Stability (Commissioner Leaders: Valenti and Wright)

Key Objectives

1.       Balanced Budgets

o   Caution re: new initiative

o   Recapture state revenue sharing

2.       Revenue Issues

o   Taxes, Headlee, recoup state share

3.       Partnerships

o   School District

o   Neighboring communities – County, share equip, public safety dispatch

o   Inter-department

4.       Legacy cost

o   Health and pension – ours

o   Plymouth Township

o   Dispatch - Plymouth Township

o   City of Northville

5.       Contract out for services

6.       HVA – mechanics

7.       Marketing what

o   Do what we do well

o   Building industry base

One-Year Tasks

·         Support MML efforts to coordinate State initiatives related to revenue sharing (Colleen)

·         Nurture existing and caution on new initiatives (when building new budget)(Paul/Mark)

·         Long term budget with focus on  our core position (Mark/Joe/Mike)

·         Tax structures - Headlee, Roads millage, etc. (City Commission)

·         Reach agreement with Ply Twp on Fire Legacy costs (Dan, Colleen, Dan)


III.    Economic Vitality (Commissioner Leader: Pobur)

Key Objectives

1.       Vibrant downtown – active – brand

2.       Community development

a.      Parking

b.      Saxton’s

c.       Old Village

d.      Bathey

3.       Business friendly/mix

4.       Master plan

One-Year Tasks

·         Pursue redevelopment ready status (MEDC) (Greta)

·         Educate/define appointed boards about roles, responsibilities and boundaries (Bob)

·         Award Saxton’s development contract (Tony/Sam/DDA/City Commission)

·         Adopt finalized master plan (John/PC/City Commission)

·         Determine feasibility of paid parking (Tony/Sam)

·         Activate EDC for research, guidance and advocacy (Colleen/John)

·         Manage & support new developments (John)


IV.    Service and Infrastructure(Commissioner Leader; Dalton)

Key Objectives

1.       Staffing

·         Turnover

·         Succession planning

2.       Public Safety flexibility: Police and Fire

3.       Website design and data management

4.       Continuous infrastructure improvement

One-Year Tasks

·         Identify possible departures (Tom/Chris)

·         RFP web design (Tom/Greta/Billy/Sam)

·         Analysis of current Public Safety delivery model as well as dispatch/lock up (Al)

·         Data asset management plan/SAW grant (Chris/Adam)


Next Steps

In order to achieve the visions and goals the Manager, Mayor, Council Members and Department Heads will engage in the following steps:

1.       The Manager and Department Heads review this draft and develop a proposed final draft that emphasizes “do-ability.”  In addition, the Manager and staff should identify the who, what and when for moving forward.

2.       Propose a final draft to the Commission for review, possible revision and final adoption.

·         On a monthly basis, the Commission should discuss/update some element of the strategic plan with the administration.

·         At the 6-7 month juncture  the total team (Manager, Mayor, Commission Members and Department Heads) will hold a dedicated meeting focusing on the status of the strategic plan

o   Strategic planning total status

o   Update – adjustments that must be made at the mid-point

3.          Month 12/13 – The team will meet to:

·         Update and revise the strategic plan

·         Identify 2018-19 one-year tasks.

4.          The Mayor and Commission could consider conducting monthly working sessions (Committee of the Whole).  These working sessions might include the following elements:

·         There is no voting at or on the same day as a working session.

·         Working sessions are designed to give Commissioners and staff the opportunity to explore issues in greater depth, revise priorities, provide platforms for exploring new ideas, etc.

·         They are open to the public and following the mandates of the open meetings act.

·         One exercise to consider is to have the Commissioners and Manager and senior staff does a “chalk-talk-exercise” where everyone lists the topics that might be discussed in a working session forum.




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