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City planning is a must

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By The Staff

Rick Skinner, mayor elect of Williamstown, is jumping in with both feet. Skinner, a long-time downtown business owner, has called a special city council meeting on Dec. 15 for the council to craft a mission/vision statement.
That’s getting down to business and in a hurry, which is exactly what the city needs.
Making a plan for the city is going to be critical, especially if Williamstown becomes home for the Ark Encounter which is expected to draw as many as 5,000 visitors a day when the project is completed in 2014.
This project will impact roads, sewer, water and emergency services. Basically, if you can think of it, it’s going to have some kind of impact and as much as we need jobs and the local economy to flourish, it has to be done in the right way so that the citizens of Grant County have a say and make sure our community grows in the right direction.
Speaking of money, citizens also want to know that all of our leaders are looking ahead and making sure that IF the project either doesn’t happen or leaves, the citizens of Grant County are not left holding the bag.
That’s why planning with a vision and mission is important.
When Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link took office 12 years ago, one of the first things he did was to develop a mission and vision statement. He and the fiscal court have used it to guide them through the years.
Skinner doing the same for a city is a first and it is a huge step in the right direction.
With the enormity of this project facing all of us, now is the time for all leaders, in the other cities and the county, to arrive at the conclusion that everyone needs to put their cards on the table so that Grant County is the big winner.
Not only do each of them need a mission/vision statement individually, but Grant County needs one as a whole that each entity helps develop and follows because that means everyone is on the same page.