The City Council is the legislative body for the City. The Council adopts local laws (ordinances) to secure the safety and assist the well-being of the city residents, the city's physical environment and amenities, and the city economy. The Council is responsible for approving financial expenditures and adopting the city budget as well as establishing policies and regulations in order to guide the city's future. The elected mayor serves as chief administrative officer for the city.
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40+ years of human resource and management experience along with over 50+ years of community and civic engagement to enhance local communities.
Economic development to sustain the viability of our business nodes that compliment the vision of our livable community.
Establishing an action plan that works in collaboration with existing regional/local services such as churches and nonprofits that aspire to connect the homeless person to essential services that provide a hand up and out of homelessness.
To continue to support UP's Community Center on Grandview Drive through sustaining the nonprofit, Community Connection Place. This program should help sustain events, recreational and senior services that work to bring our community together for a healthy and independent lifestyle.
Our city government has not address this issue on a policy level. We are currently following the laws and the procedures to ensure that we are in compliance with the existing immigration laws.
We still have a large debt capacity that needs to be whittled down. Our Council has established an action plan to match on-going expenses with on-going revenues, made program cuts and established several revenue streams to help sustain police and roads. In addition, the Council has increased the reserve and strategic funds to enhance the financial safety net in case of another economic downturn.
Several business nodes in our provisional Regional Growth Center needs to be further defined and re-zoned to encourage dynamic and innovative developers to make investments in these two nodes: 27th Business District/Narrows Plaza.
Identifying public and private partnerships that the city can engage to help improve programs and services within our city.
Enhancing police services, emergency plans and community engagement programs to ensure the safety of our citizens.
Community Outreach with the communication channels to keep our citizens informed of government services and support
Most urgently needed are public safety (police/emergency management) and community social programs to keep our citizens engaged and informed of what is occurring in their city. This will help to design a foundation of fundamental trust in city services when an emergent need arises. Community communication on this level should be designed in a model as to how our current and future citizens want to receive communications from their city officials. There also must be an element to this design that the citizens of UP will be encouraged to partner and to take a more active role in enhancing services and programs for their city's health and welfare.
I have a collaborative style to not only partner but question resolutions that have been forwarded to council for study sessions prior to consideration. In addition, our City Manager has set up standing weekly meetings with each Council Member to ensure that each Council Member has face time with him. These meetings have proven to be productive and an invaluable tool to build trust with the City Manager. This method also includes open and transparent study sessions and Council Meetings that are televised for later viewing through the city's website.