July Martinez Mayor's Message
Jul 01, 2015 01:03PM
● By Jennifer Neys
by Rob Schroder, Mayor of Martinez
Graduation ceremonies are over and summer is in full swing. Rankin Aquatic Center is busy with lap swimmers and water aerobics, and Waterfront Park is busy with softball tournaments and nightly bocce league. Independence Day in Martinez will commence with the annual 4th of July parade and will be topped off with fireworks at the waterfront at dusk.
The city’s biennial budget has been adopted and is balanced with a rainy day fund estimated to be $4.3 million at the end of fiscal year 2016 and $4.2 million at the end of fiscal year 2017. This budget maintains a high level of community services and includes a number of items specifically intended to address previously unmet gaps in existing programs and areas needing expansion. In order to adequately fund these new and improved services, it will be necessary for the city to expand its economic base through economic development programs and to expand cost recovery. Martinez needs to retain existing businesses and expand opportunities for new business. This will be a primary focus for the next two years.
In March of this year, the city council held a goal-setting session to establish priorities for this two-year budget cycle. Those priorities include a series of goals and key objectives still in progress and subject to further refinement. These include:
· Civic Fiscal Health – Create a budget reserve stabilization policy; Long range financial forecasts for long range planning; Execute fiscal measures for long-term stability; Ensure revenues are at a minimum covering costs.
· Infrastructure – Establish an Infrastructure Management System to maintain an up-to-date inventory of infrastructure, needs, and available funding; Implement the recently adopted Capital Improvement Program; Initiate development of a Marina Master Waterfront Plan to rebuild and develop the waterfront; Implement plans to improve the local street network.
· Safe Community – Execute a comprehensive program to combat homelessness partnering with Contra Costa County and non-profit organizations; Initiate and communicate crime prevention information outreach services to the community.
· Economic Health – Complete facilities analysis of parks and community assets; Complete the update of the 40 year-old General Plan; Consider future annexations within the Sphere of Influence of the city; Continue partnerships with Main Street Martinez and the Martinez Chamber of Commerce; Enhance and implement programs that encourage and attract outdoor recreation, sports activities, and an active lifestyle; Work with property owners and developers to construct new housing in the downtown area.
To track and measure our progress in these many areas, the city will be implementing the use of the National Citizens Survey. We will also be implementing website Customer Relationship Management and mobile applications. By measuring citizens response and qualitative and quantification metrics for services provided by the city, we can make organizational adjustments to improve service to our residents and businesses.