Tecumseh City Manager announces goals and objectives for 2013
During its Monday, March 4 meeting, Tecumseh City Council approved a list of 2013 goals and objectives proposed for Tecumseh City Manager Kevin Welch. Welch pointed out that some of the items listed are continuations of previous goals.Welch plans to be working on the following goals and objectives throughout the coming year:• Economic Development success. Welch sees this as one of the “single most effective ways to solve the current and future budget issues.” Success in this area helps create more jobs and opportunities for the city. The city manager places this item on the top of his list and works in conjunction with the city’s Economic Development Department and other regional and state partners. He plans to target specific issue areas such as: finding the first tenant for the Business and Technology campus; finding a long-term tenant, or multiple tenants, for the former Tecumseh Products facility; pursuing relationships and communication outside the county and state; and continuing to build strong relationships with the business community.• Assisting the Tecumseh Center for the Arts in its financial challenges so that it will continue to be a feature of the community. Welch said this will require him to take “a much more active role in the day-to-day operations and planning activities.” The goal, he said, is to reduce the operating deficit, which is currently approximately $60,000 per year. • Preparing a budget that accomplishes the following: maintain at least a 15 percent fund balance; maximize funds for necessary capital improvement projects; and identify options for new sources of revenue that City Council can consider.• Be prepared to respond to state and county initiatives that may have an impact on how the city operates and functions. Welch said this task requires being aware of what the legislators are thinking about and being proactive with them as well.• Propose solutions to fund future road projects and other infrastructure projects.• Develop a plan that will attract new individuals to participate on boards and commissions as current members step down.