Grand Terrace

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/26/14, 10:23 PM PDT |

GRAND TERRACE >> An almost total loss of institutional memory and severe financial constraints allow city leaders very little margin for error as they follow a course toward hoped-for economic development, but they expect a strategic plan for the next six years to help keep them on track.

The city’s 11-page plan for the years 2014 to 2020 was passed this month with almost no differences of opinion by the City Council or community members, according to Mayor Walt Stanckiewitz, reflecting agreement on what the city needs to do — ensure fiscal viability, maintain public safety, promote economic development, develop and implement successful partnerships and engage in proactive communication, in that order.

But the written document — and a policy of noting on each proposed decision how it will help or hurt those priorities — will help keep focus, Stanckiewitz said.

“It will constantly remind us of what we should be looking at,” he said. “The bottom line is we can’t do everything we want, and so the community knows some things just can’t be done.”

An example of that is parks, which will be maintained at a minimal level, Stanckiewitz said.

Grand Terrace declared a fiscal emergency and passed a budget in June that included steep cuts if voters didn’t approve a tax increase. The increase failed.

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