GRIFFITH | When it comes to five-year plans, Griffith has doubled its effort.
"We do not have an adopted five-year plan," said Council President Rick Ryfa, R-3rd. "Six years ago we laid out plans for the next 10 years."
He said those projects have included redeveloping the downtown business district, reducing crime, removing blighted buildings and improving residential neighborhoods.
Other projects include forging brighter perceptions of the town and improving the business atmosphere and the overall quality of life in Griffith.
"We have achieved all of these goals and, going forward, we seek continued improvement in each specific area," Ryfa said.
The town plans to finish paving every residential road in 2015 -- a project started last year. To accomplish that, the council will establish a fund and not increase property taxes, so that, in future years, funds will be available to maintain all roadways, he said.
The Griffith Golf Course will hopefully be replaced with a multimillion-dollar development, Ryfa said.
"We want to expand the business successes downtown and work for the same type of redevelopment in the northern business corridor."
Many years ago, Griffith took on a huge amount of debt, Ryfa said. But it will soon be paid off or brought under the tax caps.
"By the year 2019, Griffith homeowners will be paying a total tax rate that is on par with our neighboring towns."