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Perry council prioritizing 5-year plan

Monday night, in the Perry City Council work session, they discussed a number of items, including where they would like to see the city in five years. 

As part of their strategic work plan, council members have been working on narrowing down their goals. 

They've divided the priorities into sections including, recreation, revenue, community development, and economic development.

Mayor Jimmy Faircloth says their next step is to pick which projects will be completed in the next 18 months and which are more long term. They will also remove items already completed from the list. 

Some of those at the top of the list right now, Faircloth says, include a new water treatment plant, as well as walking trails to connect their parks. 

Other potential items may include renovating city hall, a new fire station, and improving high-traffic intersections. 

"We're going to start next year's budget process this month," he explains. "We want to make certain the monies that we take in and then expend are on the things that the people of Perry want."

Tuesday in the city council meeting, council members will vote on whether or not to approve a new sign ordinance. 

Right now, the code that prohibits advertisements "activated by the wind."

That includes, balloons, pennants, etc.  This new ordinance would more clearly define what constitutes flags and pennants and banners. 

It also changes the rule that prohibited certain banners. 

"You had to tie them to a building or make them secure. Now, as part of this new amendment, you can have a banner in your yard as long as it's secure on three sides," Faircloth says. 

Faircloth says they have discussed the sign ordinance 11 times over the past three months. 

The issue was brought to light when a local car salesman violated the code by putting small American flags on car antennae in his lot. 

If approved, Faircloth says the amended ordinance will simplify the rules. 

Also tonight, the council proposed shifting the Perry Buzzard Drop and Music Festival to the Perry Public Arts Commission. 

The Buzzard Drop had been handled by the Main Street Advisory Board, and the Music Festival had no permanent group overseeing it. 

At the request of City Manager, Lee Gilmour, this would all the Main Street Board to focus on other activities and give the newly created Arts Commission a project to undertake. 

"It will be nice to have something that can, kind of, brand us," says Bill O'Neal, of both the Main Street Board and Arts Commission. 

The council meeting is tomorrow at 6:00 at City Hall. 



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