Work Session 6-12-2012

The packet and agenda for Tuesday evening’s work session can be found on the City Council web page.

Agenda Items:

  1. I will discuss a resolution to participate in the 2012 local performance measurement program through Office of the State Auditor.  The City participated in the program last year by adopting 10 recommended service benchmarks and by conducting an online survey.  For 2012, the City would again adopt the benchmarks and conduct a survey.  The City would also adopt output and outcome measures for future measurement.  Participation in the program nets the City a small LGA bonus and exemption from levy limit legislation, if applicable.  More importantly, the initiative allows the city to embark on a formal performance measurement program with a relatively small investment of staff time and resources.
  2. I will discuss an application for bonding funds to the state Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  The legislature left $47.5 million unallocated in the recent bonding bill.  Local governments can compete for these funds for public projects. I recommend the City’s proposed waste water interconnect project simply because it is the City’s most pressing (or at least most expensive) need.  The interconnect remains the recommendation in the City’s facility plan as adopted by the City Council in May 2011.  Any project that is “shovel ready” and has a public purpose is eligible.
  3. Council Member Tweten will provide an update on the Water and Light Commission activities.