After taking office July 1, members of the Purcellville Town Council made it clear they wanted to do some things differently. This weekend, they’ll talk about those plans in detail.
They have planned a strategic planning session Sept. 9-10 at the Purcellville Train Station. The session will be moderated by planning guru Mike Chandler, director of education for Virginia Tech’s Land Use Education Program.
The retreat will start on Friday, Sept. 9, with sessions starting at 12:30 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. The retreat is a public meeting and the public may attend for all or portions of the program. Half-hour sessions with department heads will commence after lunch, starting with Administration/IT from 1:30 to 2 p.m., Town Attorney from 2 to 2:30 p.m., Finance from 2:30 to 3 p.m., Community Development from 3 to 3:30 p.m., Public Works from 3:30 to 4 p.m. and the Police Department from 4 to 4:30 p.m.
After a work session with Chandler, the council will decamp for dinner at Magnolias at the Mill Restaurant.
The evening session on Friday covers planning topics, starting with the Planning Commission from 6:30 to 7 p.m. It is followed by the Board of Architectural Review from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and the Board of Zoning Appeals from 7:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Community Development Functions follow, starting with the Economic Development Advisory Committee from 7:45 to 8:15 p.m. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will be covered from 8:15 to 8:45 p.m., and the Purcellville Arts Council will close out the topic roster from 8:45 to 9:15 p.m.
Saturday is designed as a daylong work session, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Members will discuss their priorities, develop a two-year strategic plan and draw up a legislative agenda for the upcoming General Assembly session. Also the council will work with Chandler and town staff on professional development and team building.