City Issues Discussed at Annual Retreat

Some of the focuses at the annual retreat were economic development, energy and how it will be supplied to utility customers and the city's relationship with the universities.

Commissioners also want to add the issue of social services and health care costs.

Mayor John Marks says, "The budget, of course, we want to make sure we continue to have a balanced budget and we will make sure we have the appropriate funding for that budget as well."

Priorities from years past are already materializing, like the new condos going up downtown.

Commissioners would also like to see more economic development along the Gaines Street corridor between the two universities.