CITY COMMISSION GOAL SETTING SESSION
FEBRUARY 19, 2009
Present: Mayor Warmington, Vice Mayor Gawron, Commissioners Carter, Shepherd, Spataro,
Wierengo, and Wisneski.
Staff Present: Mazade, Al-Shatel, Grant, Kleibecker, Kincaid, Kuhn, Brubaker-Clarke, Griffin,
Paul, Lewis, Smith, Thompson, Scholle, and Becker.
Others: Dave Alexander, Muskegon Chronicle.
Bob Kuhn facilitated the session. Meeting began at 9:30 a.m.
The Mission, Vision and Value Statements were reviewed. There was discussion about how goals
are set, including the process and majority versus consensus.
The Goals from 2008 were reviewed. They included: Downtown Casino, Sustainable
Infrastructure, Farmers Market Relocation, Regional Cooperation, Blight Fight, Strategic
Partnering to Deliver Youth Services, and Lakeshore Path.
It was decided and agreed that the downtown casino can be removed from the list of goals at this
The City Commission discussed which of the existing goals they wanted to consider for 2009 as
well as new projects. There was a desire to consolidate or condense the goals wherever possible.
Commissioners were given colored dots to place on the projects they thought were most
The following is the list of the 2009-2010 Muskegon City Commission Goals. The number next to
each title indicates the number of dots received from City Commissioners to rate its importance:
Regional Collaboration (5)
Local Stimulus Plan (3)
City Center Investment (3)
Blight Fight (2)
Communications Plan (1)
City Staff left the meeting/session at 1:45 p.m.
City Manager and Commission continued discussions beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Ann Marie Becker, MMC