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Community survey helps Brentwood officials set priorities

| Thursday, June 5, 2014, 2:45 p.m.

Brentwood residents wanted to see more recreation programs. Hiring a recreation director last year helped make that happen.

Residents also wanted borough leaders to be more stringent with area landlords and hold them accountable for their properties, put money aside in a “rainy-day fund” and establish a multi-year road improvement program.

All of these have been achieved.

Many ideas generated from a strategic planning session with residents two years ago turned into action items for borough leaders, council President Marty Vickless said.

This time around, as borough leaders work to craft the Brentwood's next strategic plan, the hope is to turn residents' ideas into a blueprint for the borough's future for the next two years.

A community meeting to gather resident input will be held in council chambers on June 9 at 7 p.m., 3624 Brownsville Road.

“Basically, this will be our guide for what people want us to do over the next two years,” said Vickless, who is overseeing a committee on council for the strategic plan.

Brentwood leaders began drafting strategic plans in 2000 as “a tool to get everyone thing” and prioritizing what needs to be completed in the borough, said Manager George Zboyovsky.

In the engineering world, where Zboyovsky comes from, “everything starts with a plan.”

“We can't do everything,” he said. “It's all about prioritizing.”

Borough leaders attempted to gather as much resident input as possible this time around, Zboyovsky said.

That led officials to placing a survey on the borough's website seeking resident input about the borough's future and distributed it in the municipal offices and in IN Community Magazine, which is mailed to every home in Brentwood.

In the last two months, about 70 people responded to the survey, Vickless said.

Residents attending the public meeting will be asked what they believe the issues are in Brentwood and how they want to see the issues addressed, Zboyovsky said.

The next step will be to break down the goals for the next two years into “must-do,” “items we'd like to do,” and a wish list, Vickless said.

Council members will rank the top ideas at a council workshop on June 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the community room.

Once the list of goals is drafted, the list will be divided and assigned to various council members to examine, Vickless said.

Some of the goals from the 2012 strategic plan still are ongoing, such as plans for a new borough building. Final plans should be presented soon, Vickless said.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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