Question Everything. As elected officials, we are charged with guiding our City to success through positive change. However, to be successful, we must question everything and never allow ourselves to justify a decision based on “the way it has always been done.”
This doesn’t imply that “the way” in the past was wrong. It may just mean that there are better opportunities to get the result we seek given our vision of creating a vibrant, connected, sustainable and safe town.
For me, one recent example comes to mind. We have a policy to encourage more events to add to our town’s vibrancy. However, if we manage, staff and charge events “the way it has always been done,” then we will have an unsustainable formula because we don’t have the internal or city resources to support the expected growth in the number of events.
So, while encouraging events to take place, we are also trying to put some of the event responsibilities onto the event producers to balance our lack of internal resources to staff multiple events throughout the year. In the past, with fewer events, our staff were best able to physically support events around town.
For events that have been around for many years, this change seems like an additional burden to event organizers – and it is. However, this change in structure ensures that our internal resources are not drained. Our goal is to create capacity for more events to happen in a sustainable way – something I feel is broadly supported in the community.
As a city, we will learn from our past experiences and yet continue to look for new ways to perform old tasks to truly enable positive change.