LEBANON — The public is invited to participate in the Lebanon City Council’s annual goal-setting session at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Santiam Travel Station, 750 Third St.
Facilitator will be Gary Price of Linn-Benton Community College.
The council is soliciting ideas from the public in order to establish short- and long-term goals.
The public is also invited to submit ideas in writing by 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at: Lebanon City Hall, 925 Main St.; the Lebanon Justice Center, 40 N. Second St.; or electronically to City Clerk Linda Kaser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I would really like to see citizens comment not only on goals they would like to see, but also a vision for our city. We’re looking for long-term planning, people’s visions and goals,” said Mayor Paul Aziz. “This is an opportunity for everyone to participate either at the meeting or by email.”
During the February city council meeting, goals from 2012 were discussed.
In January, Lebanon resident Wyatt King addressed the council with a concept called “Gross Domestic Happiness,” a way of measuring a community’s well-being as well as its economic status.
King has since re-labeled the local process the “Holistic Goal Philosophy: Increasing Community Well-Being.”
He has provided copies of his proposal to all city council members in preparation for Friday’s session.
“I decided to call my proposal a Holistic Goal Philosophy,” King wrote in a letter to the councilors. “This is simply a way of thinking that takes a comprehensive look at our community and sets goals to improve every aspect of the lives of Lebanon’s citizens. The process of creating a Holistic Goal Philosophy can be as in-depth as our leadership sees fit, but it is a necessity that we have a comprehensive mindset of Lebanon when setting our goals.”
King suggests an eight-step process:
• Determine the pillars of the community.
• Determine the factors that make up each pillar.
• Determine the variables of each factor.
• Determine how to best measure variables.
• Measure variables.
• Analyze status of factors and pillars.
• Set policy and program goals in improving variables.
• Repeat steps five to eight ad infinitum.
“A Holistic Goal Philosophy is not a clearly defined or rigidly structured matrix,” King noted. “It is a continually evolving mindset that seeks to fully capture the state of a community and inform its leadership where the greatest needs are.
“A Holistic Goal Philosophy allows a community to determine what they feel is most crucial to their own well-being and establish the policies and programs needed to both protect its identity while encouraging sustainable growth.”