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: Address findings of the Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing
• Pursue cultural competency analysis / equity plan / affirmative action and diversity inclusion workforce plan - 4 Votes
• Empower Human Rights Commission to perform Fair Housing Testing / Fair Housing Ordinance - 3 Votes
|Responsible Department: CED, MLK|
• Study session on Human Rights Commission/Fair Housing Testing scheduled for April 2021
• Study session on Impediments to Fair Housing scheduled for April 2021
• Study Session on cultural competency analysis / equity plan / affirmative action and diversity inclusion workforce plan scheduled for July 2021
|ACTION STEP 2: Safety-End/reduce gun violence - 5 votes|
|Responsible Department: Police|
• Return to full strength with officers so more pro-active enforcement activities can be conducted rather than reactive.
• Continue to staff to the best of our ability the Tactical Operations Division whose mandate includes investigation of violent and gun related crimes as well as targeting known violent offenders.
• Re-allocate additional resources to the Tactical Operations Division once full staffing has been achieved.
• When the budget allows, post and hire for the Crime Analyst Position to better collect, quantify, and develop strategies from intelligence / analyst data.
• Continue to pursue federal charges for all gun related offenses that qualify
• Continue to advocate for “gun court” to be instituted at the State prosecutorial level
• Continue our high level of inter-agency cooperation related to gun crimes
|ACTION STEP 3: Promote Neighborhood and Connect with neighborhoods – 8 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 areas are a good idea to identify 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 - 8 Votes
|Responsible Department: CED|
Study Session update scheduled for May 2021
|ACTION STEP 4:Meet with Area Realtors – 6 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 - 6 Votes
|Responsible Department: CED, DARI|
• Residential Housing Resources Guide will be provided to Council by March 2021.
• Commercial Real Estate Brokers and Developers networking social and resource scheduled for June 2021.
• Incentive recommendations for new residential housing development will be presented to council by July 2021 (i.e. reauthorization of new construction residential tax rebate program).
|ACTION STEP 5: Maintain Clean-up and Beautification Efforts, Enforce and / or Create Nuisance Ordinances (Including Sidewalks) and Enforce Fines - 6 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
• 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
• Penalties for blatant negligence promotes positive City image for businesses
|Responsible Department: CED, Public Works|
Study Session covering nuisance ordinances and the process of issuing violation, fines, cleanups, etc., scheduled for April 2021