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Addressing infrastructure needs is a new priority added by the City Council in October 2013. This focus comes in the form of our buildings, roads and utilities infrastructure; technology infrastructure; and human infrastructure—our workforce that provides the services.
Buildings, facility, and utility infrastructure
The construction and realignment of downtown bridges over Dry Creek and relocation of Fire Station No. 1 to a modern facility will strengthen downtown’s infrastructure, along with the Oak Street Improvement Project mentioned previously. A widening project for Blue Oaks Boulevard will commence this year, increasing roadway capacity to the growing western part of the City.
In an effort to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the unified command structure, the City will evaluate and develop plans in FY2014-15 to construct a new building to co-locate the command staff of both the police and fire departments.
After several years of deferring maintenance on city-owned buildings and recreation facilities, the needs are becoming more critical and will be a priority when new expenses are considered.
Proactive maintenance of utility infrastructure will be factored into the rate analyses that begin this fiscal year. Costs for infrastructure to new development areas will be factored into development agreements, in accordance with the City Council’s philosophy that new development pays its own way.
Maintaining the integrity of the 438 miles of roadway in the City has a significant effect on quality of life and ease of doing business. The cost differences between maintaining roadways and rehabilitating deteriorated roadways are quite stark: While it costs the City 25 cents per square foot to maintain a roadway, the costs increases to $2 per square foot to repair a deteriorated road. The City has budgeted $4.3 million in FY2014-15 to its roadway maintenance program, which will address 4.6 miles of priority roadway. To offset some of those costs, the City receives revenue from a tax at the fuel pump, but with improved fuel efficiency in vehicles on the road, that funding has slowly decreased, which requires more City funding to bridge the gap.
Growth in Roseville’s economy, development, and population means an expansion of services. Although there’s been a significant increase in workload since 2007 when budget cuts began, staffing levels have remained below 2007 levels. Since the City can’t afford to provide all the services it would like to do or at the levels desired, we must remain cautious on expansion of core services and add staff strategically. To this end, in FY2014-15, 17 positions are being added to the General Fund departments and 12 non-General Fund positions are being added.
The City is revamping its hiring process and expanding its internship program by $100,000 to help diversify, evaluate, and train our future workforce and strengthen partnerships with universities and the community. A compensation study will begin this year to determine the City’s position in the labor market and offer opportunities to make changes deemed necessary.
The City is continuing the fourth installment of its 10-week Supervisory Academy. With a faculty comprised of the City’s department heads and participants from every department, the opportunities for interaction, innovation, and stronger working relationships have proven beneficial to our One City goal.
As our city grows, our organizational culture is also evolving. We must adapt and change to provide the services and meet the changing demands that this growth brings. As part of this budget cycle, the City has created an Organizational Culture & Leadership committee with representatives from all departments to lead an assessment of the city’s organizational culture, identify what is working and what needs attention, and develop a strategy to ensure the City fosters a customer-service oriented culture.
Maintaining critical business technology systems is vital to the growth of the City. Many of the City's business technology systems are aging and will need to be upgraded to keep up with the needs of the City and its customers. To modernize the City’s business functions, the City has begun implementation of a new permitting system and is hoping to deploy a new CAD dispatch system that facilitates data collection and analysis in Spring 2015. The needs assessment process has begun for a new finance and human resource system, with the replacement system expected to be in place within the next three years.
At the same time, the City must maintain a high degree of vigilance regarding cyber security. The increase in the sophistication and number of electronic attacks and along with expanding legislative compliance regulations are creating challenges to the City's cyber security program. The City will continue to focus on protecting its infrastructure and personal identification information to its fullest extent.