Tennille Mayor and Council recently discussed a potential City retreat for the elected officials and department heads at their Council meeting.
“What I want us to do to is get away for a weekend to come up with long-term goals and planning for the City,” said Mayor Jerome Alexander. “It would be all of us in one room, away from here for a weekend, to go over our long-term objectives for the City of Tennille.”
Mayor Pro-Tem Brainard Crawford stated that the City did something similar in 2009 where a facilitator guided the discussions.
“We gave our own opinions, and he facilitated and put it all together,” said Crawford. “Then we came back and voted on it to see if that’s how we were going to go.”
Councilperson Deborah Rhodes stated that the retreat was never an entire weekend.
“I can’t do that; I have animals to take care of, and I don’t have any family around here or anyone who can help me,” said Councilperson Rhodes. She stated that she could go to a function for a day, but not for a weekend.
Mayor Alexander stated that he understood Rhodes’ situation, and remarked that she could provide ideas and he would ensure her ideas are represented at the retreat.
“We should want our City to look bigger and better,” said Mayor Alexander. “We need to sit down in a room somewhere and figure out which way we need to go.”
Mayor Alexander stated that no idea is a bad idea.
“We’re all trying to take the City in a direction that’s beneficial not just for us, but beneficial for our community,” stated Mayor Alexander.
In addition to identifying objectives, Mayor Alexander explained that the retreat will provide camaraderie for the Mayor, Council, and Department Heads.
“It creates cohesiveness as a group where everybody understands everybody,” stated Mayor Alexander, adding, “If you break bread with people, sometimes you can learn stuff that you didn’t know just sitting around a table.”
Mayor Pro-Tem Crawford agreed, saying that fellowship is good thing.
Council voted to explore options for a City retreat.