On Saturday, during the special meeting of the Montclair Town Council, Mayor Jerry Fried said that on Monday, he’d release a strategic plan for Montclair to the press. The document, which arrived at 5:46 p.m., is a … flow chart, neatly coded in blue, green and yellow.
The goals listed on the 2843 x 3115 pixel jpg, entitled “Building a Sustainable Montclair,” fall under four general headings: economically sustainable, “good government,” culturally sustainable and environmentally sustainable. “Good government” is the only heading in quotes.
Goals shown in green are in planning or implementation and include “Develop Marketing Video and Powerpoints for China and Beyond” (economically sustainable), investigate 4th ward drug houses (“good government”), interfaith potlucks (culturally sustainable) and “Reexamine collection schedules/pay as you throw” (environmentally sustainable).
Goals in blue are in the “preplanning/policy formulation” stage and include “cross-train employees in some departments” (economic), “implement complaint-tracking software” (“good government”), “change night parking (environmental) and “Using School Integration to Foster Townwide Integration (cultural).
Back burner (yellow) items include “Hire Montclair” Campaign and Sell Outdoor Ad Space (economic), “More Security Cameras” (“good government”), “Mayor for a Day Fundraier” (cultural) and “Win Prize for Yielding” (environmental).
The strategic plan represents the work of Fried, deputy mayor Weller-Demming and third-ward councilor Nick Lewis.
“This is Phase Two,” Fried said in a short email accompanying the flow chart “The Plan was discussed by the entire Council during the first few months of our term and Phase One was released after the first 1/2 year. Without sufficient input from four Council members, we were unable to release this document as a product of the governing body.”
See the document in its entirety here.