Strategic Planning and Leadership

This administration openly admits its planning is sight and time limited to 12 months at a time to match the yearly budget process.

Successful planning and leadership requires vision, plan development, communication, completion timelines, financial resource identification, action to implement the plan, and continuous progress evaluation for needed adjustments . These principles are straightforward, but the concept falters too often due to political agendas or lack of leadership. This city administration openly admits its planning is sight and time limited to 12 months at a time to match the yearly budget process. The goal is just to make it through another year and worry about the future when it gets here.  That is why this administration gets little accomplished and needed two property tax increases to cover its shortsightedness.

There is zero effort by this administration to make the council and citizens part of the actual city planning process.

Strategic planning requires a clear vision of the near term (3-5 years ahead), intermediate (5-10 years) and long term (10 to 20+ years) needs. Annual city planning and budgets must be crafted toward accomplishing specific, documented objectives and visions of future years and should include the input of the full council and the citizens of Clarksville. There is zero effort by this administration to make the council and citizens part of the actual city planning process. This must change and after eight years in office, this administration has shown it is not capable of making this change. A Summers’ administration will accomplish the needed planning and financial commitment to get things done.

Real planning provides ……. a “scorecard” for citizens to use in evaluating the mayor’s performance.

Documented long range planning makes many career politicians nervous, as it requires providing an actual vision with its associated plans to complete the job. Real planning provides a roadmap of where a mayor plans to take the city, but it also provides a “scorecard” for citizens to use in evaluating the mayor’s performance. Politically, it is much safer route to talk about “moving forward” without any details or timelines. This administration has been taking the safer route for eight years.

The McMillan administration has consistently failed to provide any documented and coherent vision, plans, timetables or costs for actions and projects

The McMillan administration has consistently failed to provide any documented and coherent vision, plans, timetables or costs for actions and projects it has considered undertaking. Proof of this are the millions of dollars in taxpayer and borrowed money that has been spent on studies and physical assets (land, buildings, etc.) with nothing to show for the purchase or expenditure.

As Mayor I will not borrow money to do studies and develop plans for our future. Such expenditures will be solid down payments to accomplish projects for our community. We already have a large selection of near, intermediate and long-term plans and projects gathering dust on the shelf that need to be fully developed with goals, resources and timelines. It will take a change in leadership to get these plans into action. A Summers’ administration can work with the council and other government agencies to address the needs of Clarksville.

Together we CAN make a better Clarksville.