This Week at City Hall - Important Budget Decisions
06/20/2011

A week for budget decisions

This week will be dominated by action related to the fiscal year 2012 budget.

The City Council has meetings scheduled every day this week to discuss the proposed budget, with final action expected on Friday. The City’s fiscal year 2012 starts on July 1, 2011, and runs through June 30, 2012. Council began its discussions Monday morning; here is the schedule for the rest of the week:

  • Monday, 8:30 a.m. – Motions/voting

  • Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. -- Motions/voting (continued)

  • Wednesday, 10 a.m. – Motions/voting (continued)

  • Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – Regular council meeting followed by motions/voting if necessary

  • Friday, 8:30 a.m. – Adoption of the fiscal year 2012 budget.

As you may have heard, the City Council last Thursday supported the first of five votes for the Mayor’s commercial solid waste franchise proposal. With the franchise moving forward, we must keep our attention on the remaining piece needed to balance our budget this year-- a 3 percent across-the-board salary concession from city employees. It is imperative that we have cooperation from City employees to help us save public services and save as many jobs as possible.

With the franchise in place and with the 3 percent concessions we’ve requested, the City’s budget will be balanced with very few layoffs being required over the next year.

City Receives National Recognition for Programs

The City of Fresno last week received national recognition for two of its programs at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Baltimore.

The City received an Outstanding Achievement Award in the 2011 City Livability Awards Program for cities larger than 100,000 population, one of five cities to receive the recognition in that category. Other cities receiving the Outstanding Achievement recognition were Denton, Texas; Houston, Texas; Louisville, Kentucky; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tallahassee, Florida, won first-place honors in the category.

The City was honored for its innovative Creative Collaborative Neighborhoods program, a public-private partnership that has strengthened the City’s core by engaging the community to enhance services. Under the program, a network of community-based organizations provide specialized programming at a majority of the 17 City-owned community centers, and the program also relies on civic groups, companies and individuals to help with basic care of Fresno’s 75 parks. The maintenance model includes the City’s Adopt-a-Park and “Go Clean and Green” programs.

The award recognizes mayoral leadership in developing and implementing

programs that improve the quality of life in America's cities, focusing on the leadership, creativity, and innovation demonstrated by the mayors.

The City also received honorable mention for its robust residential energy audit and retrofit program as part of the national 2011 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards, an initiative sponsored by The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Walmart.

The City was recognized for the Fresno Regional Residential Retrofit Program, which provides no-cost audits for homes, provides training and support to develop a workforce for whole-house retrofits, and builds and engages a local infrastructure for building performance contractors and energy raters to provide energy audits/ratings and quality assurance of retrofits.

Mayor Swearengin’s Activities

While some of these activities outlined below are not public meetings, these are some of the issues being addressed this week by Mayor Swearengin:

  • Meeting with members of the PBID Partners of Downtown Fresno on the selection of a new president/chief executive officer of the organization.

  • Working with the executive committee of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley to plan an upcoming Partnership’s quarterly meeting.

Make plans for the next ‘Local Bites’

After a successful launch of our “Local Bites” initiative, it’s time to start looking ahead to the next event to celebrate our locally owned restaurants.

On Tuesday, July 12, we’ll be at Limon in northeast Fresno starting at 5:30 p.m. Please join us at this dinner – or plan to eat at a locally owned restaurant at least once a month to help our local economy. If you’re planning to join Mayor Swearengin, just remember – when it comes to the bill, you’re on your own!

All of the dates and additional information on the Local Bite Night schedule is posted on the Taste Fresno website at www.TasteFresno.com/localbites. For a great list of locally owned restaurants, see the City of Fresno’s Local Business Directory or go to www.FresnoLocalBiz.com.

‘Go Green and Clean’ at Stallion Park

Each Saturday, volunteers are hard at work in our “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program. Volunteers participate in basic park care through litter removal, flower bed raking, pruning, painting, graffiti removal and other light tasks from 8 a.m. to noon.

On Saturday, June 25, volunteers are needed to work at Stallion Park, 6245 N. Polk.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, hats, gloves and sun block and bring plenty of drinking water. Basic work tools and supplies will be provided by the City of Fresno. Each volunteer will be required to complete a volunteer form and waiver.

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