The City of Aiken’s 27th Annual Horizons Retreat will begin Friday afternoon.


The two-day meeting focuses on coming up with both short and long-term goals set by Aiken City Council for the next fiscal year. Staff will also update Council on the happenings within each department.


On Friday, the meeting will begin with the review of the city’s Municipal Achievement Award application. The Aiken Senior Commission will be submitted for consideration for an award this year.


Grant opportunities, infrastructure updates and the status of the Northside Revitalization Initiative will also be discussed on the first day.


Friday’s meeting will conclude with a presentation from Aiken Public Safety which will discuss its various community programs and projects including its Safe Communities strategy. City Solicitor Tiffany Paige will discuss the status of the jury trial docket in the Aiken Municipal Court which is said to have improved vastly over the last nine months, according to a memorandum.


On Saturday, Council will go over its Capital Project Sales Tax, reviewing what has been completed and what needs to be done next as well as conduct a financial and budget review in preparation of the 2013-2014 budget.


Goals will be set before concluding the meeting that afternoon.


The retreat starts at 12:30 p.m. Friday and will end in the late afternoon. The retreat will continue at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.


These meetings will take place at the Rye Patch located at 100 Berrie Road.


The public is invited to attend.