Montgomery County officials Tuesday unveiled their strategic priorities for the next five years. Key among them is a plan to make the county’s infrastructure more sustainable.
County Commissioner Judy Dodge says even before last year’s water main break and days-long water outage, the county struggled to maintain its aging infrastructure.
Dodge says it’s critical that county residents are able to depend on utilities such as drinking water every day.
“When they go to work every day, when they flush the toilet, when they drink their water, everything is safe," she says, "so we have put an effort into making sure our infrastructure, moving forward in the [2020s], is repaired and fixed and making sure all of our community here is safe.”
Dodge says events like last year's Memorial Day tornadoes highlight the county’s ongoing infrastructure needs.
“Actually, it made us aware that we have a lot of work to do and we want to make sure that these communities get back into their normal routine and they're healthy," Dodge says. "We've been putting a lot of blood, sweat and tears in Harrison Township, in Trotwood, and all the areas that were affected [by the 2019 tornadoes].”
The county’s Office of Strategic Initiatives has been working on the strategic plan over the last year. Other priorities include fostering economic stability, supporting communities and young people, and improving the efficiency of local government operations.
See the county's full 2020-2024 plan at the Montgomery County website.