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CITY COUNCIL GOALS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015-2016

GOAL: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Make Avondale a “City of Choice” for investors and the development community.
  • Continue to focus economic development efforts in the areas of emphasis: medical/technology, youth & amateur sports, office/manufacturing and City Center development.
  • Strive towards an economic development “success story” on Avondale Boulevard.
  • Review the City’s development impact fees and revise if necessary to ensure that the City is competitive.
  • Encourage  development  of  a  wide  a  range  of  residential  housing  mix,  amenities  and affordability.
  • Build flexibility into the City’s processes.


GOAL: COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Support Council’s efforts to recognize business owners, veterans and other individuals at City
  • Council meetings and invite groups and organizations to lead in the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Build awareness and expand community outreach and engagement through social media and other means.
  • Coordinate and promote volunteerism in the community.
  • Support community programs and initiatives involving the Arts.
  • Continue to explore ways to encourage service on boards and commissions.
  • Continue to build upon the partnership with Estrella Mountain Community College to provide workforce training opportunities for young people.


GOAL: STAFF RETENTION

  • Encourage “growth from within” practices and prepare staff where possible.
  • Provide a total salary increase package in the 3 to 4 % range.
  • Allow Department head discretion on distribution of increases for non-represented groups.


GOAL: ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP

  • Build awareness regarding the City’s safe, reliable and adequate water supply (drought does not equal shortage).
  • Address storm drain maintenance and capacity.


GOAL: FINANCIAL STABILITY

  • Ensure that the City is prepared to deal with future economic conditions due to the Legislature and other outside forces.
  • Continue to develop a long-range asset replacement plan for water and wastewater.
  • Continue to develop a long-range debt reduction plan for the City.


GOAL: TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

  • Develop and implement funding plan to address aging infrastructure (streets and sidewalks) through the street maintenance and replacement plan.
  • Continue to address neighborhood traffic issues.


GOAL: QUALITY OF LIFE

  • Explore opportunities to expand the slate of community festivals such as Billy Moore Days and Movie Nights.
  • Explore  options  for  supporting  special  events  and  additional  partnerships  with  Phoenix International Raceway, Estrella Mountain Community College, HOAs and other entities.
  • Explore opportunities for park or recreational amenities throughout the City.
  • Continue to support Avondale’s schools by building upon the City’s Education Initiative.


GOAL: PUBLIC SAFETY

  • Implement innovative strategies to address property crimes identified in the 2014 Resident Satisfaction Survey.