Mexico City Council members Monday night heard a few of the goals the city department has planned for 2013.
Council members heard from City Administrator Bruce Slagle, who briefly highlighted some of the goals established for 2013. Slagle also reflected on some of the goals that were accomplished last year.
The 2013 goals focus on economic development, public safety, parks and recreation, community development, public works and administrative services.
"Our mission is always to maintain and improve the community and overall quality of life for the residents of Mexico," Slagle told the council. As city manager, Slagle said his focus is on job growth, assuring a financially sound organization, seeking partnerships with other agencies, fostering community spirit and improving ways to disseminate information.
The city department aims to:
• Promote economic growth, business growth and employment opportunities.
• Expand credit card payment opportunities for city services, in person and on-line.
• Work with existing employers, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and Missouri Partnership Cooperation to create new jobs.
• Develop a marketing plan for the Agribusiness Park.
• Complete a park master plan to guide capital funding decisions with citizen input, and develop a 5-year Parks Capital Improvement Plan based on the parks master plan.
• Complete the City Comprehensive Plan.
• Create and implement a more effective working model with the Presser Performing Arts Center and Mexico Area Community Theater.
• Organize a community event to foster community pride and to support initiatives intended to restore, maintain and enhance the beautification of the city.
• Complete acoustical control measures at the animal shelter.
In 2012, the city department achieved the following:
• Adjusted the overall structure by eliminating two full-time and one part-time staff positions where necessary.
• Renewed the city's health and dental insurances with a very modest increase in rates.
• Received grants for public safety tools and a water shed project.
• Got the parks sales tax issue on the ballot. The voters approved the referendum that reduced the property tax rate by ten cents and imposed a half cent sales tax for parks.
• Formed partnerships with both county and city agencies.
• Began accepting credit card payments over the counter and on-line.
• Increased the department's social media. Council meetings are now on YouTube to help keep the pubic informed.
• Completed the MoCAPP process and Mexico was awarded an All Missouri Certified City status at the Governor's Conference on economic development. Mexico was the only city to receive the award.
• Conducted at least two on-site visits per month with existing businesses to discuses current and future business conditions.
• Assisted three local companies with potential global export and marketing opportunities.
• Developed a concept plan for the Industrial Tech Park.
• Promoted growth and improvements to the Municipal Airport.
A complete list of the 2012 and 2013 goals can be obtained at Mexico City Hall, 300 N. Coal Street.