Mayor's Message, What are YOUR Priorities for Pleasant Hill?
Jun 27, 2016 10:59AM
● By Sue Noack
Sue Noack, Pleasant Hill Mayor
Our goal as city councilmembers is to make policy decisions that are in the best interests of the city. This includes adoption of new ordinances, funding of city-sponsored events, long-term capital and financial planning, and effective use of city resources.
As members of the city council, we constantly seek to engage with Pleasant Hill residents and businesses for input on issues and concerns through public meetings, e-mail, and direct contact. Another way we get feedback is through surveys. In April this year, the city conducted a survey to determine resident priorities on a variety of issues.
It was rewarding to see that nearly 85% of survey respondents stated they were satisfied with the job Pleasant Hill is doing. Additionally, residents are interested in maintaining and enhancing local investment in local services. The top concerns were:
· Fixing potholes and repairing neighborhood streets
· Maintaining neighborhood police patrols
· Maintaining storm drains
· Repairing and maintaining sidewalks
· Providing a library that meets current health, safety, fire, and seismic standards
As many of you have heard over the last two years, we have a backlog of more than $14 million in street maintenance and over $9 million in needed storm drain upgrades. These figures will continue to grow if they aren’t addressed. While recent budgets are increasing investment of road maintenance, unfortunately, funding does not exist to adequately address previously deferred maintenance.
Public safety is always a top concern for the city. Our police force continues to do an excellent job, and we want to continue to provide them the resources they need to do their job.
A new library for Pleasant Hill
The Pleasant Hill Library is also in need of work. The 55-year old building is the most heavily used library in the county (especially at Storytime), but it has multiple deferred maintenance issues. The roof is leaky, the parking lot is full of potholes, there is no sprinkler system, and it has an HVAC system that struggles to keep up. With more than 1,200 daily visitors, Pleasant Hill residents deserve a modern and seismically safe library that meets the changing needs of our city for the next 50 years.
While the city found the April survey to be extremely helpful, the most important feedback comes from you! Pleasant Hill is seeking robust community engagement on the many issues mentioned above. Please add your voice to the conversation by completing an online survey at www.pleasanthillca.org/survey. Express your thoughts on our funding challenges and city priorities or request a presentation from the city at your next community meeting. I look forward to reading all your suggestions.