One of my priorities during the recent special election campaign was to help with long-term planning for the many upcoming local projects and fiscal challenges a growing community like Scarborough will be facing over the next decade. I'm happy to report that the Town Council has started this work and WE, the people, have the opportunity to make this type of planning part of our Town Charter.

The Council finished its preliminary review of the Charter Committee recommendations. Among the handful of items that are moving forward in the process is a provision that will identify capital improvement items, current town assets and anticipated replacement and repair costs. This is a step in the right direction. Having this information available and updated on an annual basis will not only serve as a great planning tool for the Council, it will also provide greater insight, transparency and ease of access for all to better understand the needs and potential future costs of local projects.