BORGER, TX (KFDA) - The strategic plan is made up of issues Borger citizens were the most vocal about in a community survey last fall.
City officials also put together a list of strengths, weaknesses and other traits about the state of the city.
“Going from those two pieces of information we kind of developed the top few areas that we felt we should focus on,” said the Vice Chair of the Committee Neisa Hill.
Some of the top issues include the appearance of city streets, downtown vacant buildings and businesses, code violations and property maintenance, and park equipment.
The number one concern among residents is cleaning up trash and improving the landscaping and overall appearance of city entrances.
“We’re working with TxDOT on what part they’ll play in that and then what part we’ll play,” said Hill. “So we’re going to have an agreement, specifically with them addressing that.”
The strategic plan also sets goals for revitalizing and increasing the occupancy of downtown buildings, which is another top concern among citizens.
“We’re looking at the empty buildings that are here in town and what can be done,” said Hill. “Working with the owners of those buildings, staying in code, but to make them look nicer so the downtown area is more inviting.”
After being presented at city council this week, parts of the strategic plan have already been put into action.
Some businesses downtown have already started improving outward appearances and are preparing to host events.
Construction has also begun on a new dog park.
“We’ve started working on the dog park for events, we’ve got things going on as far as having events downtown this summer, we’re also talking about having an event on New Year’s Eve so it’s really got the ball rolling so it’s really a great thing to be seeing,” said President of the Make Borger Beautiful Committee Jesse Shuffield.
The Make Borger Beautiful Committee said certain projects in the plan will vary from six months to three years for completion.
They’re still in need of volunteers and those interested in joining sub-committees as they continue to build the dog park and plan clean-up days in the near future.