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Clinton Township residents again asked to complete strategic plan survey

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published June 15, 2020


CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township officials are again asking residents for input related to the implementation of its strategic plan.

The initial plan, which was introduced to the Board of Trustees and community last fall, surveyed residents about their top priorities in moving the township forward.

Put on hold for about three months due to COVID-19, the plan is again being discussed with the township’s strategic planning partner, OHM Advisors, and is reassessing the needs of the future.

The original plan highlighted five specific areas for development and improvement, listed order of priority: road maintenance, economic development, communication and branding strategy, pedestrian safety and hiking and biking paths, and a system to clean up and “daylight” the Clinton River.

Residents can log onto until about Monday, June 22, to access a survey of residents’ current priorities and how they have possibly changed due to the pandemic.

Township Deputy Supervisor Liz Vogel said that, due to surveys and meetings with community stakeholders, that top-five list likely will not change. A change may occur, however, in how resources are prioritized.

“We were about to launch the plan internally for final revisions and comments on March 17, which actually coincides with the day the governor shut down restaurants. … Our goal is to say we have a great plan and the world came to a screeching halt in a way no one has experienced in their lifetime,” Vogel said. “And we couldn’t ignore that piece of the puzzle.”

Supervisor Bob Cannon said some things are up in the air.

“What we’re finding now is everything has changed because of the pandemic, so we want to know if some of the views of the public have changed and have views of the staff changed,” he said. “And if so, how have they changed?”