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Planning and Prioritization

posted Jan 22, 2015, 7:23 AM by Doug Roberts   [ updated Jan 22, 2015, 7:26 AM ]
Tuesday night was a fairly typical Village Board Work Session.  We listened to a series of very brief and perfunctory reports on the various operations around the village. It struck me, sitting there and listening, that I've never before known an enterprise that spends upwards of $10M a year to have a board meeting that includes no semblance of long-range planning.  Typically, a board of directors or trustees is essentially "pitched" by the executives of the organization on their ideas for the next 3, 6, 12, and 24 months.  The board listens to the proposals and then offers feedback and direction to the executives, as well as support and resources, to help the executives achieve those goals. At the work sessions, I hear brief reports on things that have happened- which is certainly appropriate.  But I don't hear anything about where we are HEADED, beyond a request for a few bucks for this or that coming up in the next couple of weeks. It seems that Greenport is run week-to-week and month-to-month, which indicates either a distressed organization or an organization without purpose.  

You elect your Trustees for 4 years.  If Greenport is not in a better position at the end of the 4 years, we'll not be doing our jobs.  And part of improving our village is to develop a set of achievable long-range goals and then map activities month-to-month to the achievement of those goals. 

You've read some of my goals on this site or on Facebook and Twitter- $200K in additional revenue from our consumer-facing services (mostly the marina) and from the Shelter Island Ferry, increased educational services at our rec center, fixing roads and sidewalks, returning Greenport to its commercial fishing roots, fighting to protect and increase affordable housing, etc.  I will work with my colleagues to establish these goals and then we'll organize our hard-working and talented Village employees and executives to target resources toward meeting those goals.  I will expect at least quarterly reports from Mr. Pallas, Clerk Pirillo, Treasurer Brandt, and others about our progress and about their ideas for improving our ability to meet these goals and serve Greenporters.  These reports should include visual aids that are visible to the entire public, not just the Trustees.  I'd like to see some powerpoint slides projected on a screen to help us all understand the ideas being presented- this is organizational leadership 101 kind of stuff. We have a great team of people who work at Village Hall and at our utility plants, and they deserve to be led effectively and with a purpose, working toward goals derived from the voters who put my colleagues and I in office.  

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