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City of Saline
Community Vision Tour 2020

Overview

The Mayor, City Council, City Manager and Senior Staff of the City of Saline met to review and update the goals and objectives currently part of the City of Saline Community Vision Tour 2020.   The Mayor, City Council, City Manager and Senior Staff embarked on a three step process in 2014-2015, designed to identify the future direction of the City.  In step one the Leadership Group identified their shared Five Year Vision for the Community.  In step two the Mayor and Members of the City Council with the assistance of the City Manager and Senior Staff facilitated breakout groups of citizens and stakeholders focusing on their shared Vision(s) for the community. 

The following reflects the culmination of the third step above in which the Leadership of the City outlined the major goals, key objectives’ and one year tasks for moving the community forward and the recent review and update conducted in 2017 by the Mayor, City Council, City Manager and Senior Staff.  The City Council, going forward, will discuss their agreed upon goals in full or in part at a frequency of once per month at one of the two regular monthly business meetings.  Once six months has passed, the City Council will review the current goals and objectives in the strategic plan to determine if they believe any changes need to be made. 


Goal One                Maintain and Grow Healthy Center

Objective One              Promote Saline’s Heritage

One Year Tasks

  • Expand Historic District (to include the downtown) 
    • Work with Saline Main Street & Historic District Commission
  • Add historical pictures with narrative in the downtown area  
    • Work with Saline Main Street & Saline District Library

Objective Two              Expand the perceived Downtown area

One Year Tasks

  • Perception of Downtown Area

Continue with and expand partnerships with Saline Area Schools, Historical Society and Saline Main Street to explore ways to expand/improve downtown area

Objective Three          Improve access to our Downtown/Center of Community

One Year Tasks

  • Explore Public Private Partnerships (P3) for downtown parking Review areas for additional parking
  • Encourage shuttles for downtown events
  • Work on increasing downtown foot traffic
  •  Installation “Welcome to the Downtown” signage
    • Work with Saline Main Street & Saline Area Chamber of Commerce

Note: Three Year Tasks

  • Plan for Depot Museum and adjacent property (four season facility with restrooms/farmers market/gathering center)
    • Work with Saline Area Historical Society, Parks Commission & Historic District Commission
    • Downtown Parking Structure
    • Plaza with fountain (town square)
    • Downtown kiosk/business directory

Goal Two                Community Life & Health Development

Objective One           Connectivity – trails, bicycle, sidewalks

  • Within the City of Saline
  • Outside (neighboring)
  • Mill Pond and Curtiss Parks

               One Year Tasks

  • Encourage connectivity between parks.
  • Continue discussions with Washtenaw County to express interest in connecting city pathways to county Border to Border Trail.
  • Connecting Henne Field to downtown, develop grand entrance – gateway (work with Friends of Henne Field)
  • Update exercise equipment at Rec Center (on-going)
  • Destination  Saline – dinner, entertainment, art, walkability (partner with Arts & Culture Committee, Saline Main Street, Saline Area Chamber of Commerce)
  • Beautify pathways – adopt-a-garden, adopt art work (Parks Commission, Arts & Culture Committee)
  • Connect with Arts & Culture Committee and other community groups

Note:  Two Year Tasks

  • Pathway through Millpond Park: parking lot to Michigan Ave (Non-Motorized Plan)
  • Path from Salt Springs Park to Leslee Niethammer Saline River Preserve (partner with Friends of the Saline River and MDNR Fisheries)
  • Events to promote resources – trails (examples: fun runs, bike rides, egg hunt, etc.)

Note:   Three Year Tasks

  • Pathway via the Depot Trail to Millpond Park
  • Complete Pathways through town (Non-Motorized Plan – ongoing)
  • Merchant Park – electrical infrastructure and improvements, stage for performing arts

Infrastructure

Objective One           Maintain Existing infrastructure       

One Year Task

  • Resolve WWTP odor problem.

Objective Two           Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater (S.A.W.) grant –
                        asset management program for stormwater & wastewater

One Year Task

  • Begin implementation of the S.A.W. grant

Objective Three       Sidewalk maintenance

One Year Task

  • Continue sidewalk rehabilitation program
  • Extend Michigan Ave sidewalk (east and west ends)

Objective Four          Develop Salt Springs Park

One Year Task

  • Complete and adopt development plan

Objective Five           Non-motorized project plan

One Year Task

  • Complete the review and update of the non-motorized plan.
  • Educate public on existing non-motorized pathways

Planning utilities – Urban Development Area (UDA)

One Year Task

  • Continue to explore the feasibility and appropriateness of PA 425 Agreement with Saline Township

Objective Six               Public Transportation/multi-modal

One Year Task

  • Continue to investigate the possibility of developing expanded public transportation and multi-modal options to residents.
  • Continue to review & improve People’s Express services

Objective Seven     Historic Preservation – Certified Local Government (CLG) grant
           
(Reapply for CLG Grant for the Salvage Barn Rehabilitation)

One Year Task

  • Reapply for Certified Local Government (CLG) grant for Rentschler Farm Museum – Salvage Barn

Objective Eight    Traffic Management

      One Year Task

  • Initiate study of traffic management and downtown event parking (parking consultant)

Objective Nine     Urban Development Area (UDA)

      One Year Task

  • Continue to explore feasibility and use of PA 425 agreement

Note:  Two Year Tasks

  • Annual Review of street maintenance priorities
  • Continue SAW Grant implementation
  • Sidewalk snow removal programs for crosswalks & ramps (DPW)
  • Implement Salt Springs Park development plan (on-going)
  • Implement Non-Motorized Pathway Master Plan (on-going)
  • Possibility of developing expanded  public transportation and multi-model options to residents (on-going)
  • Rehab Rentschler Farm Museum Salvage Barn (CLG grant)
  • Implement Rentschler Farm Museum Assessment Report
  • Consider use of traffic circles in future street design (community-wide)

Note:   Three Year Tasks

  • Long-term plan for WWTP
  • Continue SAW Grant implementation
  • Complete US-12 sidewalk
  • Implement Salt Springs Park development plan (on-going)
  • Implement Non-Motorized Pathway Master Plan (on-going) 
  • Bike Share Program
  • Annual Review of street maintenance priorities

Goal Three           Finances/Economic Development

Objective One              Continue to maintain city fiscal health

  • Evaluate city services/staff resources (leaf pick-up/snow removal/etc.) (on-going)

Objective Two              Encourage Business development –

  • Conduct Large/Small Business Summits
  • Help fill empty buildings (Community Retention/Recruitment Team – CRRT)
  • Promote 147 W. Michigan Ave property
  • Educate businesses on available resources
  • Continue to work with economic development partners – Saline Main Street/Saline Area Chamber of Commerce/Ann Arbor SPARK/Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  • Encourage west-side business development
  • Recruit new businesses (on-going)

Objective Three          Expand housing stock

Objective Four             Provide top notch services and infrastructure

Note:  Two Year Tasks 

  • Evaluate services (on-going)
  • Maintain fiscal health (on-going)
  • Help fill vacant buildings (on-going/CRRT)
  • Encourage west-side business
  • Recruit new business (on-going)
  • CRRT
  • Expand Saline Main Street District
  • Expand housing stock
  • Provide top notch services

           Note:  Three Year Tasks

  • Evaluate services (on-going)
  • Maintain fiscal health (on-going)
  • Encourage west-side business
  • Recruit new business (on-going)
  • CRRT
  • High speed internet
  • Top notch services
  • Emergency room review