Port Huron Council to hold special meeting to choose 2015 prioritizes

By Tony Wittkowski | City Reporter | The Times Herald

A special Port Huron City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday to discuss the city’s main priorities for 2015.

Mayor Pauline Repp said it is important to hold meetings like these so the city manager knows what the council wants to focus on.

“It’s good to check to see if everyone is on the same page,” Repp said. “The city manager needs to know what is important and what the city should be doing. You have to sit down in a group to do this, and the only way to do that is in a public meeting.”

Mayor Pro Tem Sherry Archibald said meetings similar to this one have been done in the past toward the beginning of each year.

Each council member submitted a list of goals to cover for the meeting.

“There will be a list of goals presented that we have already seen,” Archibald said. “We typically like to set our top three and have between five and 10 total for the year.”

Repp said the list of priorities could be revisited partway through the year if anything changes or the council feels its focus needs to be shifted.

“At this point, it is a lengthy list everyone has had an opportunity to add to,” Repp said. “We’ve been working on some important things like code enforcement and blight. Those are some of the ongoing items.”

Archibald said one of her main priorities is for the city to continue to streamline Port Huron businesses and to make it beneficial for them to relocate within the city.

She also expects the city to make a push on tourism and retaining some of the boating community.

“I think we are not a boater destination. We are just a path,” Archibald said. “I would like to see us become a boater destination, to get them here and to have a great time.”

Some of the goals to be discussed were added due to the number of residents who brought up an issue during public comment.

“We’ve had a lot of feedback on the change in water bills,” Archibald said. “There are a lot of requests for people to pay online at no cost.”

Contact Tony Wittkowski at (810) 989-6270 or twittkowsk@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Feb. 1, 2015)

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