Review of Strategic Plan Initiatives and Community Input
The City has been working on a Strategic Plan and held a Future Search meeting the end of April where members of the community helped the City identify strategic initiatives for the City as a whole to focus on for the future. Each strategic initiative has had members of the community express interest in assisting with these efforts. Some members of the community have not been able to meet on their initiatives at this time and we hope that these groups will be able to come together soon. For those groups that have been able to meet, we have asked a representative to attend this work session to provide the City Council with an update on this initiative. Attached is a copy of the information that each group reviewed for your reference. This input from each group will be helpful to the City Council in the next steps of the strategic planning process.
Staff would like to discuss the draft ordinance that the City of St. Cloud has prepared on cannabinoids and determine the Council's interest in moving forward with our own ordinance. This draft ordinance addresses the new legislation that went into effect on July 1, 2022 where It is now legal to sell certain edibles and beverages infused with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabis ingredient extracted from hemp. As a result of this new law many cities are looking at ways to regulate this usage. Staff would like to discuss the proposed ordinance and get direction from the City Council on their interest on moving forward with considering our own cannabinoids ordinance. Copies of St. Cloud's ordinance and a memo on the issue are included for your review.
The City would like to discuss with the City Council the need to complete an ADA Transition plan for the City and the requirements needed to complete this plan. SEH does have some experience assisting with this plan and staff would like to discuss this proposal and want would be involved with this work.
Staff would like to continue discussion with the City Council on the Park Upgrades. If Council is comfortable, they could chose to make some decisions on what projects to move forward at the City Council meeting.
Parking Safety Concerns
The City Council wanted to continue the discussions on parking safety concerns on the north side of Waite Park that tend to have a large number of cars parked on both sides of the street making it difficult to safely drive through some of the areas. Staff would like to discuss with the City Council on whether or not there is any desire to put up additional no parking signs in any of these areas to address some of the safety concerns that have been brought to our attention.
Staff would like to update the City Council on a few projects we have been working on.