- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler has revealed, in writing, how her administration intends to work toward providing a safe and thriving city with opportunities for every citizen over the next four years.

Tyler released a 113-page strategic plan on Tuesday that identifies overall city and department-specific goals to be tracked and evaluated yearly and accomplished by 2019, The Shreveport Times reports (https://bit.ly/1GkqCNy).

With city officials in the audience at a news conference, Tyler told the public the plan would be challenging, but was being implemented with urgency and with clear expectations.

“This comprehensive plan lays the framework and guiding road map from which we will proactively build our city into the future,” Tyler said. “We did not shy away from challenging ourselves in every area of city operations to ultimately create a better quality of life for our citizens.”

The plan includes specific objectives such as developing a minimum wage of no less than $10 per hour for all city employees. Tyler says officials must also decide how to fund a large portion of the additional $400 million needed for street repairs. Tyler also pointed the city’s need to fix the city’s water and sewage system, repairs which could cost more than $1 billion.

City council member Stephanie Lynch said she is impressed the administration has committed its vision to paper.

“A lot of politicians want to talk but they don’t want to put anything in writing because they don’t want to be held accountable for what they say,” Lynch said.

Still, Lynch said she hopes the administration isn’t too focused on the big picture that it forgets to tell residents how exactly these plans would tangibly impact their daily lives.

“While it’s good from a fiscal standpoint and a legislative standpoint and from an executive standpoint, if it doesn’t fix that hole in the street it doesn’t mean anything,” Lynch said.

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Information from: The Times, https://www.shreveporttimes.com

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