The operative word for 2009 is "planning," Powell City Council said at its meeting last week.

The operative word for 2009 is "planning," Powell City Council said at its meeting last week.

With the economy struggling, a lack of capital improvement funds and development slowing, council members said the best thing to do this year is plan for the future.

Council would like to focus on priorities including:

Creating an economic development plan and informational packet the city could use to attract development.

Developing a community beautification plan that would be coordinated with area home owners' associations.

Updating the city capital improvements plan.

Holding joint planning meetings with entities outside the municipal boundaries.

Updating the city's comprehensive plan, which more than 10-years old.

Further analyzing data from the 2008 community survey.

The priorities would be developed in committees. Those 2009 committees include: Art Schultz, Elmer Meider and Jim Hrivnak for the development committee; Richard Cline, Tom Counts and Dan Wiencek for the finance committee; and Don Grubbs and Counts for the operations committee.

In other business, council:

Approved a resolution to provide city services to almost 10 acres owned by P&P Real Estate, which is seeking annexation of the land into Powell from Liberty Township. Urban Active, a fitness center, sits on the property at 3474 Sawmill Drive.

City services listed in the resolution include 24-hour police protection, planning and zoning supervision, a building plan review and inspection for residential and commercial properties, street maintenance and repair, storm drainage maintenance, an engineering plan review and inspections, and parks and recreation programming. Then the county commissioners would hear the petition. Powell council could approve the annexation 60 days later.

Approved $2,600 for engineering services that would help the city determine if it's feasible to add turn lanes at the intersection of Olentangy and Liberty streets.

Agreed to transfer money the city received from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) for the 2008 windstorm to the city's general fund. The city received $10,578 -- $7,884 for public service expenditures and $2,694 for public safety expenditures caused by the storm.