SALEM, Ohio - Salem leaders take their first step in trying to figure out what they want their city to be like in five years.
A planning committee for Salem City Council discusses the components it wants to address in a five year plan for the city. It will serve as a guide post for how the budget gets structured and spent over that time.
"That tells us where it is we want to be in five years. It sets our target and then backs up and says where are we today and then what are the gap items between where we are today and where we want to be," says Dave Nestic, First Ward Salem Council.
Mayor John Berlin says a comprehensive plan will provide a clearer vision for the city.
"So that the next mayor beyond me, the next service director has a mission, has a goal," Berlin says.
First Ward councilman Dave Nestic has a background in organizing similar plans for businesses and organizations.
So he is at the helm of this task that requires this committee to be divided into subcommittees.
They will brainstorm how to improve infrastructure, community development, housing and zoning and city services.
Councilmen will look to comparable towns like Chagrin Falls, Hudson and Columbiana to see what they have done to make those improvements.
"You can learn from what they've done successfully as well as any of the mistakes that have been made. We'll be better if we look outside our community and then use that information in our decision making," says Nestic.
The new plan will also incorporate information gathered from other efforts to improve Salem, such as the 2020 report and Partners in Progress.
The committee will meet again sometime next month.