Lewisburg mission statement draft emerging

Kim Wheeler AICP, Lewisburg special projects coordinator and grants manager, sketched key ideas for consideration as a mission statement is drafted.

LEWISBURG — Lewisburg Borough Council members continued drafting a mission statement Tuesday night.

Kim Wheeler AICP, special projects coordinator and grants manager, said the statement would describe noteworthy qualities of the borough. The latest council work session continued an effort started at a brainstorming session last month. It netted words to describe what the borough takes pride in.

“Part of it is identifying the key aspects and the key words that will be priority language for the borough to eventually use in their strategic plan,” Wheeler said. “The mission statement is a key first foundational step.”

A strategic plan is useful in obtaining grant funding and other projects.

William Lowthert, borough manager, read an early version.

“Lewisburg provides efficient public services to its residents, businesses and visitors through effective leadership and fiscally responsible governance,” Wheeler said. “We maintain a safe, attractive and quality community that invests in public safety, maintains quality infrastructure and provides ample recreational opportunities by building partnerships while respecting its historical resources.”

Discussion surrounded repetition of words and whether certain terms, such as the word “quality,” were vague. “Attractive” was also considered vague, but preferable to “charming.”

Susan Yohn, council member, said the first read should have the most impact.

Lowthert said the project was part of the Early Intervention Program (EIP) the borough took on with grant money after a consolidation study with East Buffalo Township fell through. The full council would have the final look at mission and vision statements.

Lowthert noted the project would likely be the subject of work sessions for months to come.

Staff Writer Matt Farrand can be reached at 570-742-9671 and via email at matt@standard-journal.com.

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