A list of goals for the Royal Oak City Commission to focus on has emerged from the Jan. 18 strategic planning session.
"After a presentation of the results of the 2013 Public Opinion Study by Cobalt, and a long day of staff presentations and commission discussion, a list of objectives was formulated," wrote City Manager Don Johnson in a memo to commissioners.
Johnson surveyed commissioners asking them to rate 26 objectives on a scale of one to 10, with ten being the highest priority.
Here's how the objectives ranked in priority:
8.0: Ensure the new Economic Development Coordinator is independent of regulatory processes and focused on business growth, retention and recruitment
7.4: Complete at least one impactful project listed in the Non-motorized Plan such as the addition of bike lanes or adequate bike parking
7.1: Hire a grant coordinator to identify grant opportunities, complete grant applications, and manage reporting for awarded grants
7.1: Identify a sustainable revenue source for parks and recreation improvements and maintenance
6.7: Explore revenue options to fund road improvement and maintenance sufficient to reach target average and minimum Pavement Surface Evaluation and Ratings (PASER) to be decided by the City Commission
6.6: Improve customer service with the hiring of a community liaison to be the single point of contact for permitting processes
6.4: Hire a Communications Director
6.4: Review and implement selected recommendations from the rodent report to control the rodent population
5.9: Hold a public forum on options for addressing unfunded liabilities as part of the Commission's budget hearings
5.6: Establish a Citizen Response System
5.4: Explore the sale of city owned property, potentially including underutilized parks, and dedicate proceeds to the Park Improvement Fund
5.1: Hire a consultant to review and make recommendations to improve the City's website on key metrics identified by staff and approved by the City Commission
5.1: Establish a modest budget to support the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts
4.7: Hire a consultant to complete a comprehensive stormwater system analysis to inform decision making regarding changes in the stormwater detention ordinance
4.6: Adopt a vacant property registration ordinance with no registration fee to identify owners of vacant property and deal with blight
4.6: Reestablish the Trade Inspector positions as full-time
4.4: Establish a modest budget to support the Royal Oak Employee Health and Wellness Committee
4.4: Partially restore staffing in the Engineering Department with the hiring of an Engineer III
4.4: Partially restore staffing in the Assessor's Office with the hiring of an Appraiser III
4.4: Partially restore staffing in the Human Resources Department with the hiring of a Benefits Specialist
4.3: Retire the permanent booths at the Farmers Market to increase rental revenue, deal with rental demand and make the space more friendly to special events
4.3: Provide additional budgetary resources for staff and commissioner training
3.9: Continue evaluation of the option to create a Wellness Center for Royal Oak employees n partnership with local communities
3.4: Adopt a commercial re-occupancy ordinance to promptly and efficiently identify and assist businesses operating in a new space
Do you agree with the City Commissions priorities? Tell us in the comments.