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London city council expected to complete 97% of strategic plan goals by end of 2019

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London city council was in a self-congratulatory mood Monday night.

According to a report from city staff, 97.4 per cent of the goals within city council’s five-year strategic plan have been completed or will be completed before the end of 2019.

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“I think when we all looked at the strategic plan in the beginning and saw how many objectives there were, we thought ‘that’s a massive amount and we might be setting ourselves up for failure,’ but we didn’t.

“Ninety-seven per cent is phenomenal,” said Coun. Stephen Turner.

Some of the accomplishments include a 10 per cent reduction in debt, 351 kilometres of road reconstruction and a 35 per cent reduction in collisions causing injury or death.

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“This is a significant amount of work and I think the real takeaway here is that local government matters,” said Mayor Matt Brown.

“When civic administration and council are working in a cohesive way, they can make a huge difference,” he said.

While many councillors took the opportunity to praise city staff and themselves for a job well done, outgoing Ward 12 Coun. Harold Usher said more work needs to be done on diversity at city hall.

“I think we’ve improved a great deal with what we set out to do based on this plan, but I want to say — and I don’t mean this as a critique, but as a caution — we still have a long way to go,” said Usher.

“Based on what I’ve seen here, I think we’re going to improve on that over the next four years.”

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There are some goals in the plan that could fall behind schedule including the Back to the River project, a youth shelter, and closing the gap in the north part of the Thames Valley Parkway.

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The strategic plan is aligned with city hall’s multi-year budget, both of which run until 2019. The incoming council, which will be sworn in Dec. 3, will oversee the new strategic plan and multi-year budget set to run from 2019 to 2023.

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