Mercer starts process of developing long-range goals

November 01, 2004|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - Anyone who listened to Mercer County Judge-Executive John Trisler when he campaigned for office in May heard him say there was a need for long-range planning for the county.

He was as good as his word, and the planning effort in Mercer County is well under way. Two meetings were held last week.

At least 15 people attended a meeting Thursday at the Mercer County Senior Citizens Center before breaking up into community-centered meetings. They hope their number will grow by the hundreds.

"I think it's important that we set goals for our county," Trisler said after the meeting Thursday.

"I think goals help you stay on track."

What those goals are will be left up to people who live in the county.

Trisler said that after workshops are held, the ideas from those meetings will be prioritized and included in a document that will guide planning for the next several years.


Once the plan is put together, and printed, Trisler said he does not want to put it on a shelf, but use it in real measures for the betterment of life in Mercer County.

He said Clark County has a very good plan, but residents have not acted on it.

People at the meeting were given a list of places where meetings can be held and were encouraged to host meetings in their communities.

"We're interested in diversity," Trisler said and encouraged the participation of African Americans and Hispanic residents of the county.

"People need to see some advantage for themselves," said Todd Warner. "It has to be high on their priority level."

"We need to make it clear that we're going to make something happen," said Leon Mayo.

Trisler hopes the community workshops/forums will be held this month and maybe next month before the holidays, and he hopes 400-600 people will participate.

The first quarter of 2005 can be used to collate the data and develop goals and objectives. From April into the future, programs adopted will be monitored for progress and changes made, if necessary.

The list of places where workshops might be held include fire stations, schools, marinas, the library, YMCA building, and West Lane and Lions Park community centers. Church groups are encouraged to meet as are members of extension service groups and both adult and youth leadership groups.

The first workshop is set for Nov. 9 in Burgin.

Earlier this year, Bluegrass Area Development District planner John Allread helped identify areas of the community that need to be included in the planning meetings. A core committee was established to begin the process.

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