By. Brent Wilson, Greene County Field Officer
The Greene County Planning Commission reviewed the submission of the $178 Million dollar five year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) last Wednesday, January 16th, approved the plan as submitted and moved to pass the CIP on to the Board of Supervisors (Attached is the CIP from 2012 ). The majority of the time on this topic was spent on how to improve the process in future years. Stephanie Golon, Greene’s Planner, updated the Commission with the process this year vs. prior years. This is the first year that all departments in the county had input into the CIP with Golon’s assistance. The CIP is outlined in Greene County’s Comprehensive Plan on pages 45 and 46 .
With the detail that Golon was able to gather, this year will be the first year to have the CIP by line item in the budget.
Chairman Norman Slezak, discussed what the expectations of the Board of Supervisors is from the Planning Commission related to the CIP. Bart Svoboda, Community Development Director, described the Planning Commission’s role as that of the police to ensure that all departments turn in their input for the CIP but not to assign priority to any item.
The Planning Commission discussed forming a committee in the future to work with all departments in securing the information earlier in the budget process. They asked Board of Supervisors liaison Vice-Chairman Davis Lamb, who was present at the meeting, to take the request of having a five member committee comprised of one staff member, one member of the Planning Commission, one Supervisor, Tracy Morris and one member from the public to the Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Lamb agreed with the request and will present it to the Board of Supervisors and asked that a member of the Planning Commission attend that meeting.
The importance of the CIP is two fold . It provides the county a prioritization of needs within the county and is critical to running the county effectively in the future. In addition, the CIP provides the basis for determining the county’s Proffer policy .
[In the interest of full disclosure, this writer served on Greene County’s Planning Commission in 2005 and chaired a taskforce to propose a Greene County’s Proffer policy].
While the Free Enterprise Forum is encouraged that all Greene County Departments participated in this year’s CIP process, we question why these departments, for many years refused to do so.
Brent Wilson is the Greene County Field Officer for the Free Enterprise Forum a privately funded public policy organization.
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