Langley City Hall to close for retreat

Langley City Hall will be closed one day next week while city staff and officials meet to talk about the future.

The retreat will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at the Deer Lagoon Grange on Bayview Road.

Mayor Paul Samuelson said that as many as 30 officials, staff and city council members are expected to attend the session. Cheryn Weiser, of Strategic Learning Resources in Langley, has volunteered to facilitate the gathering, he said.

Samuelson said the group will discuss the state of the city today and what the goals should be for the next three years, paying particular attention to the city’s comprehensive plan, which is in the process of being updated.

“It’s basically a team-building exercise and an opportunity for everybody to work together,” he said.

The mayor said that the meeting is open to the public, but no public comments will be taken. He said the group will divide into smaller discussion groups, then come together to share ideas.

Samuelson said city staff has been working for more than a month and a half to organize the event. The original goal was to have the retreat on a Friday, when city hall is closed for half a day anyway, “but this was the only day we could get it all together.”

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