GIRARD — By 2017 the City of Girard should have a strategic plan to assist with economic development after the Girard City Council Monday night approved putting out requests for proposal.

City Administrator Chris Weiner said the requests will go out, and once a firm is selected to create the plan, the process will take as much as 18 months to complete and will include meetings with residents, surveys and other information gathering tools.

“The process is just as important as the plan,” Weiner said.

The goal is to have a strategic plan finished by the end of 2017, he said. Weiner also told the council he would be looking into grant funds to help pay for the plan.

The council also agreed to hire Professional Engineering Consultants and request engineer Philip Wait to perform inspection engineering services for the Geometric Improvement Project.

Weiner said the Kansas Department of Transportation will pay for 85 percent of the cost of hiring the inspector.

In other business, the council:

• Approved a GAAP Waiver for accounting practices.

• Approved developing a statement of municipal policy, and:

• Approved the consent agenda.

The council will next meet 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Girard City Hall in Girard.

— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at prichardson@morningsun.net, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.