The requested resource (/media/ksut/header/pb/header.html) is not available
Last updated 12:48PM ET
December 17, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
La Plata County Has a Strategic Plan, First Ever!
(2008-04-16)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: In what's believed to be a first, La Plata County Commissioners have adopted a strategic plan.
It's hoped the plan will improve the county's efficiency and accountability in providing services, and making this a better place in which to live.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

SPINA: THIS IS A DOCUMENT THAT SPEAKS TO HOW WE WILL FULFILL THE DESIRES, NEEDS, EXPECTATIONS OF OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS FROM LAPLATA COUNTY GOVERNMENT.
Assistant County Manager Joanne Spine has been one of many in county government spearheading the development of the strategic plan over the last year.
SPINDA: IT REALLY IS A WAY FOR THE COMMUNITY TO BE ABLE TO SEE HOW THEIR TAX DOLLARS WILL BE SPENT.
The LaPlata County Compass: From Vision to Action Strategic Plan, unanimously adopted by the Board of County Commissioners yesterday is really a simple document.
It consists of one page which Spina says identifies the County's Mission, Vision, Values, as well as six core strategy areas.
SPINA: ECONOMIC VITALITY, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, TRANSPORTATION, HEALTHY NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, THRIVING FAMILIES AND HEALTHY COMMUNITY AND ORGANIZATION EXCELLENCE.
For each of those areas, the document lists four to seven objectives that can be measured.
SPINA: IT DOES INDEED SERVE AS THE ROADMAP, IF YOU WILL, OR A GUIDEPOST FOR US, AND IT'S ALSO AN ACCOUNTABILITY TOOL TO THE COMMUNITY TO KNOW THAT THESE ARE THE STRATEGIES AND OBJECTIVES THAT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AND ENABLING THEM TO SEE THAT WE'RE MAKING PROGRES ON BEHALF OF THEM ON THOSE ISSUES.
Sustainability is a common theme of the document.
For example: Under transportation, objectives include not only protecting and maintaining existing infrastructure, but developing alternate modes of transportation to meet increasing fuel costs.
LaPlata County Commissioner Wally White says he was shocked to learn when he took office three years ago, that the county didn't have a strategic plan, something every business should have.
He says what they have adopted is better than he anticipated, was well worth the effort, and should help improve our quality of life over the long term.
WHITE: AS WE GO FORWARD, THIS IS GOING TO PROVIDE STREAMLINING FOR THE COUNTY, IT WILL PROVIDE ECONOMIC BENEFITS, CERTAINLY COST SAVINGS FOR THE TAXPAYERS. I THINK IT WILL IMPROVE OUR OVERALL QUALITY OF LIFE HERE BECAUSE WE WILL BE FOCUSING ON THINGS THAT HAVE BECOME CRITICAL OR OF MAJOR CONCERN WITHIN THE LAST FEW YEARS.
Both Spina and White emphasize, the county's strategic plan isn't set in stone, it's a living document that will become a direction setter for all of county government.
WHITE: THIS ISN'T JUST SOMETHING FOR NEXT YEAR, WE'RE LOOKING OUT TEN TO FIFTEEN YEARS. THIS GIVES A MAP FOR FUTURE BOARDS TO FOLLOW AND ALTER, AS CONDITIONS WARRANT.
The strategic plan is being rolled out in three public sessions, the first tonight at 7pm at Fort Lewis Mesa School.
Community meetings are also scheduled for next Wednesday at SunUte Community Center in Ignacio at 7pm, and a week from tomorrow, April 23rd, at 6pm at the Fairgrounds Extension Building.
You can also read the one page plan on line, at co.laplata.co.us.
From KSUT, Four Corner's Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
© Copyright 2017, ksut