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City Council Priorities

On March 3 and 4, 2014, the City Council and executive staff held a priority goal setting workshop at a publicly noticed City Council meeting that was open to the public.  The purpose of the workshop was to develop agreements on realistic and achievable priorities for the next 12 months, and reach consensus on a method for handling new or emerging issues that may come up during the year.

The summary of the workshop can be accessed here.  The consensus priorities resulting from the workshop were divided into “Tier 1” priorities – those projects and initiatives that will be the City Council’s and staff’s primary focus during the next 12 months – and “Tier 2” priorities – those projects which may be addressed during the year if staff capacity is freed up or if new resources become available.

Tier 1 priorities:
  • Downtown revitalization
  • Community-wide fiber-optics broadband network

Tier 2 priorities:
  • Code for America
  • Convene public input sessions regarding Cooke Property

In addition to these priorities, the Council also identified several priorities to be included in the upcoming budget process for Fiscal Year 2014-15.  Those priorities are as follows:

  • Development of a policy for identifying supplemental items (projects, programs, use of funds) if revenues are more than expected, and what reductions would be made if revenues are less than expected.
  • Hiring more police officers
  • Funding an additional year of the Neighborhood Law Program, and consideration of whether to expand the program to have a full-time lawyer assisting code enforcement efforts; additionally, consideration of a program to address bank-held neglected properties.
  • Funding a public relations officer (staff or consultant) to increase the City’s promotional and positive messaging.

Staff will be providing periodic progress reports to the Council on implementation of its priorities, and will be returning to the Council with a progress report after six months.