Civic Engagement

FY 2016-17 Council Goal: Civic Engagement

From the City Manager's budget message:

Strong communities spring from robust civic engagement. To build a strong community, it’s important to encourage dialogue from an array of interests. For many years, the City has worked with its neighborhood associations to encourage an open dialogue that has fueled innovation and engagement. The Public Affairs & Communications Department attends monthly meetings of both the Roseville Coalition of Neighborhood Associations and the Sun City Government Affairs Committee; and the Police Department has an officer at each of the two dozen or so monthly neighborhood association meetings;
and Development Services Department provides notification, overview, and presentations on new development projects  as they are proposed. Development Services also provides information on ordinance updates and code-enforcement processes and procedures on a regular basis.

City representatives work with the Roseville Chamber of Commerce and various civic groups, industry associations, and public-interest forums to raise awareness of community issues and broaden the discussion on solutions. At the same time, City Council members host town hall-style meetings called “Council Coffees,” where they engage in informal discussion with community members on topics of interest, ensuring another opportunity for the community to join the conversation.

The effort continues from there into the digital realm. The City’s online e-notify service offers free e-mail subscriptions on a range of topics from traffic alerts and public safety to policy items. The City is actively engaged in a variety of social media channels, which also offer the opportunity for two-way interaction.

Launched in FY2014-15, the Open Data Portal offers a single website location where City data can be accessed. Initial data sets include often-requested items such as permits and crime statistics. As we expand this base to include more data such as stale-dated checks, this will provide round-the-clock access to City data and reduce the amount of time spent filling regular requests for public records.

Looking Ahead

This budget reflects Roseville’s values and priorities, which help determine where we invest our resources. It’s the compass by which we navigate the City’s fiscal path forward, addressing our liability and allocating resources to ensure long-term economic sustainability. An important part of the City’s fiscal success has been its unwavering commitment to proactively managing expenses and ensuring it is well-positioned to address challenges. Roseville is expanding the high levels of service we provide, working on key initiatives, and implementing policies to weather the next economic cycle. Yet we also will need to focus on our commitment to maintaining police and emergency services along with streets, roads, and facility infrastructure. Roseville will continue to look for opportunities to retain, attract, and help expand business in order to create jobs and a vibrant local economy.