City Council 2018 Work Plan

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In March 2018, the City Council adopted its 2018 work plan, which also outlines several long-term (LT) projects. In June, City Administrator Bill Reynolds provided the council an update on work plan progress. His comments are also below.

Finance

  • Low Taxes - Preliminary budget numbers show no reason we will not remain one of the lowest taxed cities in the metro area.
  • Continued Financial Stability - Another great audit just completed.
  • Stable Tax Rate - Preliminary budget should have same or lower tax rate from last year.
  • Increased Tax Capacity - Growth continues with 7.33-percent increase in tax base for 2019.
  • Increased Bond Rating – AAA (LT) - Finance Department has been conducting several meetings over the last few months to set the stage for the review.

Parks and Recreation

  • Park Asset Planning Process - The Parks, Recreation and Open Space Steering Committee met June 13.
  • Park Building/Maintenance/Replacement Review - Currently conducting an inventory of all park assets with intent to lead to better management of assets. Issue expected to be addressed as part of park planning process.
  • Private/Public Partnerships
  • Trail Signage (distance/locations) - Issue expected to be addressed as part of park planning process.
  • Trail Connections - Issue expected to be addressed as part of park planning process.
  • Park Asset Marketing - Issue expected to be addressed as part of park planning process.
  • Recreation Program Review - Issue expected to be addressed as part of park planning process.
  • Park and Recreation Expenditure Review - Issue expected to be addressed as part of park planning process.

Land Planning

  • Life-Cycle Housing (density, affordability, market-driven) - We currently have all phases of life-cycle housing currently being built or on the horizon, including houses that are affordable and market-rate units.
  • River Crossing Capacity Increase (LT)
  • Riverfront Improvements (LT)

Economic Development/Infrastructure

  • Riverfront Development - Possible development briefed to Economic Development Authority during June 5 meeting.
  • Attraction of High Paying Jobs - Possible major corporate headquarters in devleopment.
  • Continued Downtown Improvement and Redevelopment
  • City Hall Parcel Redevelopment - Possible development to be briefed to Economic Development Authority during July 3 meeting.
  • Rev. Pond Statue - Fundraising continues with major and minor donations coming in. More than $80,000 has been raised to this point. 
  • Developer Fee/Regulation Review

Miscellaneous Projects

  • Transparency/Communications/Community Engagement – New city website redesign with a mobile-first approach reflects the way people are increasingly visiting our site with a goal to make it easier for people to find what they are looking for. We’re also making a more conscious effort to include information about current projects – something we’ve heard from residents they desire.
  • Southbridge Fire Partnership (LT) - Staff has met on several occasions with representatives of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Both groups are continuing discussions.