Administration

 

The Administrative Department is responsible for the management, administration, financial operations, personnel activities, current and long-range land use planning, and municipal court functions of the City. The Department provides administrative services related to the activities of the Mayor and City Council, the Planning Commission, and various other City committees and commissions. The Department is responsible for City elections, the City’s records management programs, and accounting for the City’s fixed assets. It handles public information functions and the intergovernmental affairs of the City and is responsible for building maintenance activities related to the City Hall and Community Hall.

 

Department Accomplishments in 2016-17:

 

• Implemented new regulations associated with accessory buildings and structures.

• A continued emphasis was placed on weed and junk abatement, zoning regulation compliance, sidewalk maintenance, barking dog violations, boat and recreational vehicle storage, etc.

• Assisted with the coordination of the annual Spring Clean Up event.

• Successfully completed a major renovation of the Community Hall - A Legacy to Treasure with the assistance of new grant awards from the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation Grant, The Ford Family Foundation, and Knife River Foundation, along with cash contributions, skilled labor contributions, material contributions, a team of dedicated volunteers, and City staff.

• Successfully coordinated the second annual Thanksgiving and Christmas bake sales, with proceeds supporting the Community Hall project.

• Successfully coordinated two Michael Allen Harrison performances with proceeds supporting the Community Hall project.

• Successfully coordinated the Community Hall's 91st Birthday Benefit Dance, with proceeds supporting the Community Hall project.

• Earned the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for the sixteenth year.

• Regularly utilized the City’s Facebook and Twitter accounts to distribute information in an effort to increase our followers and improve the dissemination of information.

 

Department Objectives for 2017-18:

 

To complete additional improvements to the Community Hall consisting of retractable basketball hoops

 

To secure funding for and complete a master plan for the Columbia City Industrial park as outlined in 2017-18 Policy Goal and Objective 1-A as established by Council. Target date: June 30, 2018.

 

To place a continued emphasis on code compliance by furthering public outreach and education, identifying violations, and pursuing compliance in accordance with 2017-18 Policy Goal and Objective 1-C as set forth by Council. This year a continued focus will be placed on the placement of outbuildings, setbacks and portable storage structures. Target date: Ongoing.

 

To continue economic development efforts to further the sustainability of our community in accordance with 2017-18 Policy Goal and Objective 1-D adopted by Council. A continued focus will be placed on marketing, code review and development, master plan implementation, identifying development incentives, urban growth boundary review, re-zoning considerations, etc. Target date: Ongoing.

 

To ensure that staff, elected and appointed officials complete required emergency response training, and to encourage their participation in emergency response exercises and additional training opportunities to further enhance the City's ability to respond to emergency events in keeping with 2017-18 Policy Goal and Objective 1-B established by Council. Target date: Ongoing.

 

To continue to present the budget document in a manner that meets the requirements of the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program through the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Target date: August 2017.

 

To continue to increase our Twitter and Facebook following to improve our ability to communicate rapidly, efficiently and effectively with our citizens. Target date: Ongoing.



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