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2011 Goals and Objectives for Randolph

Posted: January 21, 2011

At the township council’s first work session of the new year, the focus was on setting goals and objectives for both the council and the township manager and his management team.

Township Manager John Lovell said that the annual review, which he considers to be a critical component in guiding the ensuing year’s policy decisions, benefited from the perspectives of three new council members, elected to office in November.

The following summarizes the 2011 goals and objectives identified by the township council and manager in their collaborative effort.

“The Randolph Township municipal organization strives to make the Township of Randolph the best it can be by providing effective governance, enhanced customer services, and excellent community facilities.”

We are guided in our decisions by this mission statement.

1. Protect quality of life and reputation as a premier residential and family oriented community

  • Carefully steward parks, trails, and open space assets.
  • Enhance communication and public awareness.
  • Encourage investment and improvement at Quaker Village Garden Apartments.
  • Protect neighborhoods by reducing property maintenance violations.
  • Enforce stacking regulations, making use of emergency responders.

2. Optimize fiscal position

  • Budget with the state mandated levy and appropriation caps.
  • Protect and preserve AAA bond rating.
  • Carefully use debt for long-term capital projects.
  • Determine the appropriate use of taxes and off-set fees to fund services.
  • Guiding principle for services funded from taxes:
    Taxes should pay for essential services and ancillary services that benefit the whole community.
  • Guiding principle for services funded from fees:
    Fees should offset the cost of non-essential services which are deemed to be best provided by local government, but which benefit smaller, specific groups rather than the community as a whole.

3. Re-examine the role of local government, prepare for the future

  • Define essential services.
  • Pursue shared services for meaningful cost benefits and enhanced services.
  • Plan ahead for retirements. Develop new leaders.

4. Support the business community and encourage beneficial development

  • Support “Shop Randolph” initiatives.
  • Attract and retain quality businesses in commercial corridors.
  • Identify priority sites for development.
    • Identify infrastructure prerequisites (i.e., water, sewer, road, etc.).
    • Identify levers at county and state and assist the process.