City Council Goal #4
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GOAL #4: INCREASE POPULATION THROUGH LIVABLE NEIGHBORHOODS
- Be a intentional welcoming, inclusive community
- Maintain safe neighborhoods
- Upgrade neighborhood infrastructure: streets, sidewalks, utilities, facilities
- Access to programs for childhood success
- Increase residential opportunities
- Have residents linked via neighborhood communication networks with each other and the City
|ACTION STEP 1: Promote Rock Island as a Safe Place to Live (Nine Votes)
We need to promote and market Rock Island as a safe place to live. Neighborhood watch programs, police presence in high risk areas and promotion of security cameras and devices should be encouraged.
Support: J. Wild Marketing, Chamber, Police, Augustana
• CED staff would like to re-title this Goal as “Promote Rock Island as a great place to live.” Safety would be one aspect of a holistic message about what is good in Rock Island.
- number of businesses that have opened
- trail system, parks, public art
- health care
- trauma center
- many, many more
• Rock Island needs to control its own narrative. - Good things happen - highlight them!
• CED staff suggests a Mayor’s working group to help establish the narrative. - Work with media channels and community champions to share the message. - Identify specific areas of focus
• Fall 2019 – Establish Mayor’s working group
Fall 2019-Spring 2020 - Augustana class explores and makes recommendations for addressing safety needs in target neighborhoods
• May, 2020 – Study Session with recommendations
|ACTION STEP 2: Promote Neighborhood and Connect with neighborhoods (Eight Votes)
- If all the Rock Island neighborhoods have names or identifiers, then those should be known and promoted. It will give a sense of pride and belonging to some areas. The banners area a good idea to indentify neighborhoods. Perhaps a monthly focus on a neighborhood will help build a sense of ride and help with connecting neighbors and getting them more involved
- Promotion and mapping of amenities. Promote walking distance to libraries, parks and entertainment
Support: Police, Fire, PW, Library, Parks
• Continue to work with neighborhood groups to promote the identity of their neighborhood. Encourage use of neighborhood micro-grants.
• Attend Neighborhood meetings and events
• Work with CCC to promote establishment of Block Clubs and neighborhood groups. Look for ways to support these groups.
• April 2020 - Study Session with recommendations
|ACTION STEP 3: Meet with Area Realtors (Six Votes)
A conference with area realtors – commercial and residential – should be held to promote Rock Island and to identify barriers and how we can reduce them and work more collaboratively with realtors. We need to bring them on as partners, not adversaries. The map of amenities identification of neighborhoods and a plan of creating a safe city and clean up of downtown, along with the historic designation will go far.
• November 2019 - Commercial meeting with realtors. Include two elected officials
• November 2019 - Residential meeting with realtors. Include two elected officials
• December 2019 - Study session with results of the realtor meetings
• December 2019 – Developers social
|ACTION STEP 4: Maintain Clean-up and Beautification Efforts, Enforce and / or Create Nuisance Ordinances (Including Sidewalks) and Enforce Fines (Six Votes)
- We need to enforce fines for those who don’t comply with ordinances. I see a lot of garbage and trash all over yards and trash cans left out for days. They don’t care
- Fine land holder (e.g. banks) to maintain the property.
- Ordinance needs to be created to keep trash and recycle containers put behind houses Grass should be mowed trash should be cleared, sidewalks should be shoveled. Fines should be assessed and collected for noncompliance.
- Penalties for blatant negligence promotes positive City image for businesses and residents.
December 2019 - Study Session: Overview of current process
• Revision of MUNICIES process
• Targeted enforcement areas through HUD
• Educational study session on the process for enforcement
• Keep Rock Island Beautiful - work with them to aid in up-keep of public spaces
|ACTION STEP 5: Residential Housing Development – New Development (Five Votes)|
• CED staff is working on a target list of housing developers that work in the type of housing that we need. Will brief Council when anything comes to fruition
• The inventory of City-owned property will be marketed to these groups
August 2019 - Re-authorize the new construction residential tax rebate program
December 2019 - Study Session based on meetings with Realtors
February 2020 – Study Session to make recommendations on residential initiatives and in selling City property
• Hire brokerage group to sell City-owned parcels?
• Re-evaluate the land regulations for minimum lot size (currently 5,000 sq. ft.) Is this best practice?
• Examine zoning ordinances to support desired infill development
|ACTION STEP 6: Crime / Shooting Reduction Plan (Four Votes)|
Ongoing - The Rock Island Police Department is spearheading a Law Enforcement area wide discussion with the new State’s Attorney to emphasize the importance of vigorous prosecution of gun crimes and fleeing and eluding.
June 2019 - Shotspotter Evaluation / Feasibility - Grant Application submitted under 2019 DOJ Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration Initiative with a defined three year objective / timeline
July 2019 - Participated in Shotspotter webinar
November 2019 - Follow up meeting with Shotspotter to discuss needs specific to Rock Island
January 2020 - Complete planned exp ansion of the camera network system to previously identified intersections / locations that are consistent with vehicles fleeing from shooting scenes
March 2020 – Study Session on ways to increase citizens’ willingness to talk to Police with information
July 2020 - Complete training of two staff members in NIBIN entry / correlation
August 2020 - The Police Department has been pursuing ATF Task Force Officer status for a second detective within the Criminal Investigations Division. TFO status confers the ability to bring gun charges forward for consideration for Federal Prosecution.