I'm looking for folks that have had experience planning for very small, population under 700, towns. I've recently taken the city manager/planner position for a small town with a projected growth over the next ten years of - (yes, that's a minus) 100 residents according to the water source analysis I located in a drawer. The previous manager worked non stop to implement new services and improvements that were shot down at every turn by the city council. The city has a plan from 1980 that I found, that has never been followed through on and I'm lost for a way to show the city council that their town is dying. The main problem seems to be a "status quo" mentality. Anybody with some words of wisdom?