This Week at City Hall - Digital Award
11/28/2012
Survey Names City of Fresno Top 10 Digital Government City
 
The City of Fresno has been selected as a top-ranked digital government in the 12th annual Digital Cities Survey by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities program.
 
The survey recognized Fresno as number 10 in the nation in cities with populations of 250,000 or more.  Louisville Metro Government in Kentucky was the first-place winner in the category.
 
In its application, the City highlighted a project that replaced and supplemented all fixed two-way radio equipment for the Fire and Police departments.  The project included a number of regional partners and benefitted nearby cities and fire districts served by the Fresno Fire Department.
 
The project was funded by a $1.75 million Assistance to Firefighters Grant, the largest award of the more than 2,700 grants nationwide.
 
The City’s application also featured technology efforts related to video policing, supporting computer labs at the City’s neighborhood centers to ensure that Community-Based Organizations can provide vital technology education to young people, and improving efficiency for the field staff from Streets Division by allowing them to take physical asset inventories using GPS mobile devices.
 
The Digital Cities Survey criteria focused on results achieved by cities, via the use of technology, in operating efficiencies and realizing strategic objectives despite current fiscal constraints.
 
The award is the third recent honor related to the City’s Information Services Department.  Carolyn Hogg, the City’s chief information officer, recently was honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for the department’s work on broadband issues.
 
In addition, IBM selected the City of Fresno to receive an international Smarter Cities Challenge grant to provide the City with access to IBM’s top experts to work on economic development and neighborhood revitalization efforts.
 
A news release about the recognition is available here.
 
Information on Residential Solid Waste Proposal on City’s Website
 

On Thursday, City Council will consider a resolution declaring its intention to award a residential solid waste franchise to Mid Valley Disposal in preparation for holding a public hearing on the matter in a final vote to award the franchise on Dec. 13.
 
An overview of the proposal and a detailed question-and-answer document responding to issues raised by Council members and the public are available on the City’s website at www.fresno.gov/solidwaste.
 
City Residents Can Sign Up for Free Home Energy Assessment
 
Mayor Ashley Swearengin and representatives from the California Energy Commission and PG&E this week urged city residents to sign up for free home energy assessments offered under the Home Energy Tune-Up Program.
 
More than 2,500 homes in the region already have received the free assessments.  A total of 925 homes have undertaken energy efficiency retrofits as a result of the assessments, resulting in $4.8 million in business activity.
 
Mayor Swearengin and Energy Commission Chair Robert Weisenmiller said residents can schedule a free home energy assessment by calling (855) 621-3733 or filling out an online signup form on the City’s website.  After the appointment is scheduled, residents should expect the following during the visit:
  • A thorough 3-4 hour survey to determine where your home wastes energy;
  • A detailed report recommending energy efficiency improvements;
  • No-cost and low-cost ideas for saving energy; and
  • Help accessing available rebates, incentives and financing options if you choose to make home energy upgrades.
The signup form and additional information on the program is available on the City’s website by clicking here.
 
A news release about the program is available here (will add link when it’s posted).
 
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 California Energy Commission Chair Robert Weisenmiller and Commission Executive Director Robert Oglesby to discuss local energy issues and programs;
  • Discussing issues of mutual interest with the executive committee of the Fresno Association of REALTORS;
  • Conducting internal meetings about the Fulton Mall;
  • Speaking to students in the Entrepreneur Mentor Program at Fresno State.
This Week’s Meeting
  • Planning Commission, Council Chambers, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6 p.m.
  • Fresno City Council, Council Chambers, Thursday, Nov.  29, 8:30 a.m.  The agenda for the meeting is available here.
‘Go Green and Clean’ at Kaiser Park
 
The “Go Clean and Green” park beautification effort will be held at Kaiser Park, 425 E. Alluvial, on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon.
 
In the 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.
 
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.
 
Follow Mayor Swearengin, City of Fresno on Twitter
 
For up-to-date information on happenings related to the City of Fresno, follow Mayor Swearengin on Twitter @MayorSwearengin or the City of Fresno @CityofFresno.