City Manager’s Report for week ending April 29, 2022
Progress on the City Council Top Goals
In October 2021, the City Council approved an action plan for 2022 to help achieve the city’s strategic goals. Progress on the action plan is going well, and I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with a brief update. Listed below are the city’s four strategic goals with an update on the actions that are being focused on to move these priorities forward.
1. Maintain Financial Stability
a. Secure the diversified funding plan for the new Civic Center – The funding plan for the proposed civic center has been developed using various funding sources, including a voter-approved bond, private donations, grant funds, and city funds. The bond issue will be presented to voters as a ballot issue if the City Council approves at the August 2nd primary election. The City Council Capital Campaign Committee continues its work on private donations. And we continue to work on securing grant funding for this project.
b. Focus on Economic Development – The city team is working to develop new policies that will focus on the recommendations made in the recently completed Economic Development Report. Staff is hoping to present this policy in late 2022.
c. Include a technology plan as a component of the Comprehensive Plan – The Economic Development Committee continues its work on this item.
2. Cultivate Community Health
a. Hire a Parks & Recreation Manager – The former Parks Planner position has been revised to be a Parks & Recreation Manager. This change allows us to strengthen our recreation and special events opportunities. Our new staff member should be joining the team later in May.
b. Approve a contract for the design/construction documents for the new Civic Center – The City Council has decided to postpone the approval of this contract until the vote on the project bond is completed. This contract will be revisited for consideration in August 2022.
c. Demolish the former Recreation Center (City Hall Park) and Old Public Works Building (Marvista Park) – The contract for this work has been approved, and work will begin in May.
d. Tree City USA Designation – The city continues working on completing the four standards required by the Arbor Day Foundation to become a Tree City USA. The final step is to adopt an ordinance regarding the care of public trees.
3. Strengthen the City’s Identity and Influence
a. Create a branding plan for the city – At its March 29th meeting, the City Council approved a contract for professional services to accomplish the branding plan recommended by the Communication Committee. This process should be completed in Fall 2022.
4. Truthful & Transparent
a. Upgrade the audiovisual equipment in the City Council Chambers – This new equipment will improve our communications by enhancing the quality of public meetings and allowing residents to participate in meetings remotely.
May is National Bike Month! The Census is celebrating by sharing information from the American Community Survey (ACS) 5 Year Estimates on bike ridership. Click here to read more about Bike Month and view data on commuting by bicycle in Normandy Park and the U.S.
If you have any questions about these or other topics, please get in touch with me at [email protected].
“Have a great week!”
Amy Arrington, City Manager
City of Normandy Park
801 SW 174th Street
Normandy Park, WA 98166
(206) 248-8246 (Direct Phone)