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home : opinion : editorial May 24, 2016

3/28/2013 2:32:00 PM
The city's clean-up planThe city's clean-up plan

In April of 2012 the Windom city council approved Windom's strategies and goals, a long-range plan for Windom's success.
The final document drew praise for the amount of time, effort and thought that went into it. This plan had input from the entire community. It is full of priorities gleaned from surveys, informal discussions and community meetings.
However, we also heard folks say: "Let's follow the plan, remember our priorities and adhere to the principles. Do not let this plan sit on a shelf to collect dust."
In the past year, Windom has been fairly good about addressing certain aspects of the plan. But a local volunteer group called Finding Windom recently told the city council the city has fallen short on one priority: Community Pride.
Windom's long-range plan describes Community Pride this way: "A positive image and reputation developed by a progressive and active community."
A deeper look at the document reveals details as to how the council viewed Community Pride, a list that includes: "vacant building needs," "painting and upkeep," "trash and junk image." These are all concerns that the Finding Windom group brought to the city council last week.
At Tuesday's meeting, City Administrator Steve Nasby pointed out that a few hurdles make it tough to enforce ordinances designed to clean up the kinds of eyesores described above. Prosecution can be expensive and court cases sometimes get dismissed. Also, the city building inspector is a one-person department. He can't be everywhere all the time.
However, these are not insurmountable hurdles. And, Nasby was upbeat about the Finding Windom group's offer to help residents keep neighborhoods clean.
We are impressed by the spirit of cooperation expressed by the volunteers, city staff and the council. We're confident that we'll see solid results from joint meetings by Finding Windom and the city planning committee.
The city's long-range plan is working, it just takes time.
- Rahn Larson

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