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Danville City Council has established three areas that it wants to work with the city manager and his staff to address immediately. The areas are violent crime, education and sustained economic growth.
The three areas were identified during a retreat held Sunday and Monday at Berry Hill Resort in Halifax County.
“City Council engaged in healthy debate in each of these areas,” City Manager Ken Larking said Tuesday. “They want to see a turnaround. They want violent crime to decrease. They want to strengthen working relationships with the school system leaders to improve education, and they want us to grow Danville.”
Larking said the next step would be to meet with department heads and staff to develop short-term and long-term strategies in each of the areas.
“These areas that they want us to focus on are intertwined, and while they might appear basic, every city is different,” Larking said. “You cannot take a cookie cutter approach. We need to look at our circumstances and determine what we can do to make the most impact.”
Larking said he would schedule meetings with department directors and staff over the next few days. “We’re going to develop these strategies as quickly as we can and then present them for Council’s review and approval.”
The retreat began 4 p.m. Sunday and ended after a full day of discussion on Monday. A professor at the University of North Carolina’s School of Government served as facilitator.