Danbury to update master plan
by Meghann Evans
At a meeting last week, the Danbury Town Council gave Town Administrator Mike Barsness the go-ahead to begin working on updating the town’s master plan.
Barsness has been working on several administrative projects for the town, which include developing operating procedures for internal items, a quarterly report, orientation manual and more. When he was hired part-time in March, Barsness said he wanted to begin the framework for a town master plan.
At the Nov. 28 council meeting, Barsness told the council members they could hire someone from the outside to do the plan, but he recommended letting him work on it during his normal work hours, thereby saving the town money. The council gave him the go-ahead to do so.
Barsness mentioned at an earlier meeting that if council members wanted the town to grow, they would need to do some goal-setting and planning. “Towns that don’t do that tend to stagnate,” he remarked.
The town administrator does not see this as a quick update, but one that the council can take its time on. The town will gather plenty of community input before completing the plan.
A message to residents about the plan was posted on the town website, townofdanbury.org, this week. It stated: “The Council will begin the process of updating the Town Master Plan. Residents are always welcome to attend these meetings as the subject will occupy much of our time over the next year or so. A survey will be distributed in the near future and residents are encouraged to offer their opinions on a variety of issues.”
Also during last week’s meeting, the council rescheduled its Dec. 26 meeting for Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at 7 p.m. at Danbury Town Hall.
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