Johnson also made note of other needed capital improvements, such as an indoor recreational center, Saratoga Lake water project and improvements and expansion of the City Center. However, City Center improvements will not be funded by tax dollars, said Johnson.
Johnson said he will also be looking to clear any public misconceptions about council practice and policy "compounded" by the media, he said.
"If there is one thing that I have learned in my short time in office to date, it's that there is much miscommunication and misunderstanding between City Hall and our community. Oftentimes, the miscommunication or misconceptions are compounded by what is or is not reported in the media," Johnson said.
His solution: Establish a "Saratoga Speaks" program, a rotating series of Town Hall styled meetings to help clear up the "miscommunication" and "misconceptions."
Outside the five minutes speakers are allotted at City Hall meetings, citizens will have the opportunity to engage public officials one-on-one at the rotating "Saratoga Speaks" forums.
The forums are part of larger formula that will include "the collective wisdom" of the people and former city mayors to act as a think tank to help guide future policy.""