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Claremont councilors to take up new strategic plan

By Meghan Pierce
Union Leader Correspondent

April 03. 2014 10:30PM

CLAREMONT — A proposed set of goals to take advantage of the improving economy was presented to City Council members Monday.

City Manager Guy Santagate said Wednesday that he worked with Police Chief Alex Scott to draft the strategic plan.

“The chief of police, Alex, is a good planner and has done a good job as a good manager,” Santagate said.

With the recession ending, a renovation of Stevens High School underway and the opening of a new community center, Claremont is poised to rebound, he said.

“We think that we are in a better position than we’ve been in for years to take advantage of the upswing in the economy,” Santagate said. “The goals are nothing new. I think what has changed is there is a great opportunity because of the investment in the schools and the new community center and because we more or less have our act together. ... We should be able to see some progress in the city coming and we should see movement.”

The proposed plan includes goals ensuring future budget proposals focus on fiscal responsibility while maintaining a focus on sufficient funding to meet policies established by the City Council and focusing the city’s economic development in ways that increase the city’s total valuation and median household income.

Using the strategic plan as a guide, the City Council would create policies for the city manager to carry out to achieve the long-term goals of economic development and revitalization of the downtown area.

Santagate said the City Council will discuss the proposed strategic plan at its regular meeting on Wednesday.

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