Council develops strategic goals for 2018-2022 term, including opioid crisis

Barrie’s new council spent some time on Saturday discussing strategic priorities for the 2018-2022 term. Five goals to guide the strategic direction for Barrie over the next four years were identified.
They are: growing the local economy, fostering a safe and healthy city, building strong neighbourhoods, offering innovative and citizen driven services, improving the ability to get around Barrie.
“As a team of (11) we now have the honour of shaping our city for the next four years,” said Mayor Jeff Lehman. “There was a lot of energy in the room as this (council) started setting our priorities. We know there’s a lot of work to do, and there is clearly a sense of optimism as we set the direction for our community.  It starts with having a straightforward vision, which I believe we achieved today.”
Council discussed several key issues they heard while campaigning, including affordable housing, the opioid crisis, community safety, road safety, innovation, and customer service.
Staff will now work on developing actions plans for each strategic direction and will report back to General Committee early