Saturday, January 20, 2018
News Roundup

Treasure Island seeks cost-effective way of assessing future

TREASURE ISLAND — City leaders are wondering what residents think about the future of their city — what are their visions for Treasure Island?

Vision Stewardship Committee members, who have worked to implement many of the elements of a 2012 vision plan, say their job is basically done and have asked the City Commission to let them continue to develop more plans.

The group's new title, Vision Steering Committee, was approved by the City Commission last week.

Although committee members were hoping the commission would approve another vision survey, commissioners said there is no money for the project right now.

Vision committee chair Mitchell Shenkman was hoping for $12,000 — $5,000 to pay for a survey to gather residents' ideas, another $5,000 to hold community forums and $2,000 for marketing.

But commissioners, who were split about their goals for the committee, decided in a 4-1 vote to approve the board's new title but without money for a survey.

Mayor Robert Minning said there might be ways to accomplish the task without spending $12,000, the amount the city paid for its 2012 vision plan.

Commissioner Alan Bildz, who voted against renaming the committee, said he doesn't think another survey is needed.

But Commissioner Carol Coward wants to see a more active vision committee with members who "go out into the community and engage residents.

"They need to find out what they (residents) are thinking," she said.

City Manager Reid Silverboard agreed.

"Committee members should not give their vision but find out the pulse of the community," he said.

The 2012 vision plan suggestions that have been implemented or are under way include a mixed-use downtown area, expanded bike trails, a waterfront promenade and redevelopment of the city's north end.

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