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2012 work plan

2012 Work Plan

Longview City Council’s

2007-2012 Strategic Initiatives

Feb 1, 2012


2012 strategic initiatives

2012 Strategic Initiatives

  • Continue effective financial management

  • Enhance public safety & emergency response

  • Strengthen economic conditions & create new opportunities

  • Preserve and enhance neighborhoods

  • Improve transportation systems

  • Address quality of life issues

  • Provide sustainable water quality & environmental infrastructure

    These strategic initiatives have been adopted by the City Council to reflect the values of the community. They are reviewed and updated annually. The City Manager and staff work with Council to establish strategies to implement the initiatives. For more details go to mylongview.com/government/CouncilInitiatives.htm


Enhance public safety emergency response

Enhance Public Safety & Emergency Response

Champion: Police Chief Jim Duscha

Strategy A:Under current budget conditions continue with implementation of as many 2008 PERF report recommendations as possible to achieve stated crime reduction goal; lowering Longview’s crime rate to less than or equal to the state average.

Time frame: 2012 and beyond

DELIVERABLE #1: Monitor & evaluate Red Light & School Zone Camera Pilot Programs. Provide quarterly reports which will be foundation for final project report to City Council.

DELIVERABLE #2: Based on the PERF report explore the possibility of increasing the police department staffing to 59 and over hiring when a retirement is anticipated.


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Enhance Public Safety & Emergency Response

  • Champion: Police Chief Jim Duscha

  • Strategy B: Develop, validate, and nurture a community feeling of safety

  • Time frame: 2012 and beyond.

  • DELIVERABLE #1: Continue to conduct out-reach to neighborhoods & businesses.

    • Distribute, and analyze citizen satisfaction surveys- review results quarterly.

    • Continue to support and expand Block Watch program- goal is to increase the number of Block Clubs yearly.

    • Coordinate and integrate on-duty patrol staff into Community Services Unit (Highlands) programs & events- Progress will be reviewed during monthly management team meetings.

    • If staffing levels allow- initiate Youth Services Officer position (PERF)

    • Initiate LPD cadet program. (PERF)

    • DELIVERABLE #2: Investigate a west Longview police presence


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EnhancePublic Safety & Emergency Response

Champion: Police Chief Jim Duscha

Strategy C: Leverage LPD strategies by identifying, obtaining, and utilizing technology in as many aspects of LPD efforts as possible.

Time Frame: 2012 and beyond

DELIVERABLE #1: Reduce auto thefts over previous year’s rate

  • Incorporate LPD’s current crime analysis capability with COPLOGIC crime analytical tool, “Command Center” in order to coordinate efforts to prevent auto thefts. Capturing auto thieves will be considered a positive step in reducing auto thefts.

  • Coordinate use of Automatic License Plate Reader.

  • Determine if a “bait car” investigative model is feasible.

    DELIVERABLE #2: Monitor & evaluate pilot in-car video system for possible expansion to all patrol cars (PERF)

    DELIVERABLE #3: Integrate COPLOGIC crime analysis tool (Command Center) into as many of LPD’s investigation strategies as possible.


Enhance public safety emergency res ponse

EnhancePublic Safety & Emergency Response

Champion: Police Chief Jim Duscha

Strategy C, continued:

Time Frame: 2012 and beyond

DELIVERABLE #4: Work with IT to establish an instant messaging system (Social Network) for real time crime notifications

DELIVERABLE #5: Identify software & computer technology to efficiently process & analyze pawn ticket information.

DELIVERABLE #6: Improve inter-office communication. Reduce the volume of e-mail sent and received.

DELIVERABLE #7: Establish accountability for training bulletins and allow supervisors to disseminate and train including discussing the topic at hand in briefing.


2012 work plan

Enhance Public Safety & Emergency Response

  • Champion: Police Chief Jim Duscha

  • Strategy D: Develop long-term LPD Succession Plan in order to prepare LPD staff for promotions and special assignment transfers.

  • Time frame: 2012 and beyond

  • DELIVERABLE #1: Increase promotional & specialty assignment readiness of LPD staff.

    • Identify training opportunities for LPD staff in the area of leadership, current police management, communication, budget, & new technology.

      • When possible, training sessions will be sponsored by LPD in hopes of recouping costs by making the training available to outside agencies for a fee.

      • When feasible, LPD employees that are sent to off-site training will be expected to provide training for others who were not able to attend.

      • Current command & supervisory staff will also take on the role as trainers.

      • Promote 4 corporals (PERF) for better supervision and improve succession planning.


2012 work plan

Enhance Public Safety & Emergency Response

Champion: Police Chief Jim Duscha

Strategy E: Develop an effective bike patrol unit

DELIVERABLE #1: Improve efficiency and accountability of LPD bike maintenance and check out system.

DELIVERABLE #2: Use the bikes on a regular basis for routine patrol.

Strategy F: Become more efficient in how the department handles report writing.

DELIVERABLE #1: Utilize citations in lieu of face sheets for misdemeanor arrests when possible.

DELIVERABLE #2: Utilize boilerplate/check off format for narrative on the back of a citation.

DELIVERABLE #3: Determine guidelines for short reporting.

DELIVERABLE #4: Determine what incidents are not appropriate for reporting and what should be referred to CopLogic.


2012 work plan

Enhance Public Safety & Emergency Response

Champion: Police Chief Jim Duscha

Strategy G: Increase use of on line reporting.

DELIVERABLE #1: Make the system user friendly.

DELIVERABLE #2: Increase public awareness and benefit of using the system.

DELIVERABLE #3: Familiarize the department and dispatch center on the system’s use and refer people reporting an incident to the system.

Strategy H: Improve our working environment.

DELIVERABLE #1: Review work area configuration for a better use of space.

DELIVERABLE #2: Interview and training room update. Paint, new furniture, sound proof interview rooms, and update the technology in the training room.

DELIVERABLE #3: Continue to explore the option of completing phase II of the remodel to the main station by using the vacant space on the second floor.


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Enhance Public Safety & Emergency Response

Champion: Fire Chief Daryl McDaniel

Strategy I: Reduce gap in EMS services by fully implementing Paramedic Program Phases 1 & 2.

Time Frame: 2012

DELIVERABLE #1: ALS (advanced life support) Engines are in service providing paramedic level of care.

DELIVERABLE #2: Fire Department ALS Transport Unit(s) are in service providing EMS transport level of service.

DELIVERABLE #3: Provide workshop for Council on EMS delivery/system

Strategy J:Seek alternative funding to sustain employee positions added via the SAFER grant.

DELIVERABLE #1: City implements fee for fire department EMS transport services.

DELIVERABLE #2: Update fee methodology for provision of fire and emergency services to contracted subscribers.


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Enhance Public Safety & Emergency Response

Champion: Fire Chief Daryl McDaniel

Strategy K: Seek to provide level of service as equivalent to council adopted Standard of Cover.

Time Frame: 2012

DELIVERABLE #1: All response performance measures are met 100%

  • Respond to all medical emergencies to provide BLS (basic life support) in six minutes or less 90% of time.

  • Respond to all medical emergencies to provide ALS (advanced life support) or paramedic level of care in eight minutes or less 90% of time.

  • Respond to all structure fires in six minutes or less 90% of time.

  • Full alarm response arrives to structure fires in nine minutes or less 90% of time.

  • Respond to all technical rescue emergencies in eight minutes or less 90% of time.

    DELIVERABLE #2: Fire facilities comprehensive plan is added to city capital projects request list in a phase-in order.


Continue effective financial management

Continue Effective Financial Management

  • Champion: Finance Director Kurt Sacha

  • Strategy A: Our budget will support our initiatives

  • Time Frame: 2012

  • DELIVERABLE #1: Keep Council abreast of General Fund financial condition on a quarterly basis

  • DELIVERABLE #2: Develop 2013-2014 biennial budget ensuring appropriations are in accordance with Council’s initiatives

    • City will follow budget model providing for adequate reserves

    • Funding City facilities, equipment, and infrastructure follows financially sound practices

    • Long-term financial support is identified including appropriate taxes, fees, utility rates, fines, etc.

    • Evaluate funding alternatives for critical initiatives

    • Employ full cost recovery strategy for fees/charges for City programs

  • DELIVERABLE #3: Maintain debt level at no more than 60% of non-voted capacity

  • DELIVERABLE #4: Provide for debt financing at the lowest market interest rates available at the time it’s incurred


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Continue Effective Financial Management

  • Champion: Finance Director Kurt Sacha

  • Strategy B:Use performance measurement for decision-making

  • Time Frame: 2012

  • DELIVERABLE #1: Link service and program performance measures to strategic planning, decision-making, and developing the budget

  • DELIVERABLE #2: Performance measures will be integrated into daily City management

  • DELIVERABLE #3: Establish framework to engage citizens as dynamic partners in the performance management process

    • Develop citizen survey to determine program measures deemed most important

    • Establish quarterly reporting for those measures deemed to be most important to citizens

  • DELIVERABLE #4: Develop community indicator systems for performance measures – 2013

    • Establish a community scorecard


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Continue Effective Financial Management

Champion: Finance Director Kurt Sacha

Strategy C:Implement/utilize technology to create efficiencies

Time Frame: 2012

DELIVERABLE #1: Activate software allowing customers the ability to authorize the City to automatically charge monthly/bi-monthly utility bills directly to a customer’s credit card

Strategy D: Provide opportunities for enhanced customer service delivery

DELIVERABLE #1:Educate our customers about monthly utility payments

Champion: HR Director Keith Larson

DELIVERABLE #2: Offer Customer Service Training to employees


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Continue Effective Financial Management

  • Champion: HR - Director Keith Larson

  • Strategy D:Employee total compensation practices will support sound financial management and ensure that the City is a competitive employer with a highly competent work force

  • Time Frame: 2012

  • DELIVERABLE #1: Staff will collaborate with council to establish best practices for recruitment, selection and retention of key personnel to ensure processes are in place which enable the City to secure the best available talent while staying within budget and maintaining required reserves.

  • DELIVERABLE #2: Staff and Council will evaluate and establish total compensation strategies for collective bargaining parameters which balance employee needs with financial resources that can be sustained to deliver City services within agreed upon budget parameters.

  • DELIVERABLE #3: Each position vacancy will be evaluated to determine if it should remain vacant or when and how it should be refilled in order to balance service delivery needs with reasonable and responsible labor costs.

  • DELIVERABLE #4: Staff and labor leaders will collaborate via a City-wide employee benefits committee to evaluate and recommend benefit cost containment strategies


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Continue Effective Financial Management

Champion: HR Director - Keith Larson

Strategy E: Provide a Progressive Employee Safety, Health & Wellness Environment

Time Frame: 2012

DELIVERABLE #1: Continue efforts to maintain and enhance Well City status, per AWC requirements, and ensure continuation of Kaiser matching health grants.

DELIVERABLE #2: Develop and implement wellness strategies that incent healthy lifestyles, thereby reducing health care costs and increasing productivity.

DELIVERABLE #3: Promote the merits of the fitness reimbursement program to gain greater engagement & participation.

DELIVERABLE #4: Actively participate in the Medical Rate Stabilization Risk Pool to identify risk factors for employees in the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum region and develop wellness strategies to address.


2012 work plan

Continue Effective Financial Management

Champion: HR Director Keith Larson Strategy E, continued:DELIVERABLE #5: Reduce claims severity (cost) under the WCIA actuarial group average in exposure areas of Auto Liability, Errors & Omissions, Human Resources, General Liability and Public Safety.DELIVERABLE #6: Reduce claims frequency (number) under the WCIA actuarial group average in exposure areas of Auto Liability, Errors & Omissions, Human Resources, General Liability and Public Safety.DELIVERABLE #7: Reduce time loss hours over previous year as a result of the implementation of a Transitional Return to Work ProgramDELIVERABLE #8: Meet with Workers Compensation third party administrator monthly to assure claims are managed in accordance with City policies and regulatory requirements.DELIVERABLE #9: Communicate monthly with Department Heads on WC claims within their purview to assure the best possible coordination and management between the departments and Human Resources


Provide sustainable water quality environmental infrastructure

Provide sustainable water quality & environmental infrastructure

  • Champion: Public Works Director Jeff Cameron

  • Strategy A: Improve the water supply system

  • Time Frame: 2012

  • DELIVERABLE #1: Continue implementation of Mint Farm Regional Water Supply Project.

    • Complete MFRWTP construction

    • Complete MFRWTP startup and discontinue production at Fishers Lane RWTP

    • Obtain City Council approval of Wellhead Protection Plan and ordinance

    • Continue public education and outreach program

    • Obtain City Council and BHWSD approval of revised participant’s agreement

  • DELIVERABLE #2: Obtain City Council vision for use of Fishers Lane RWTP property and begin implementation


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    Provide Sustainable Water Quality & Environmental Infrastructure

    Champion: Public Works Director Jeff Cameron

    Strategy A, continued:

    DELIVERABLE #3: 2012 water system capital projects

    • Complete 33rd Ave. water main replacement in advance of MFRWTP start up

    • Complete design and begin installation of SCADA System

    • Complete Water System Plan update and obtain Dept. of Health and City Council approval

    • Complete Clark Creek Road main replacement project (FEMA)

    • Complete one phase of paving and security improvements at reservoirs

    • Prioritize and begin design of select water pump stations upgrades for 2013 construction

    • Complete two large meter replacements

    • Replace defective water valves identified through valve maintenance program

    • Install cathodic protection at select reservoirs

    • Acquire 1440 Industrial Way property if reasonable purchase price can be agreed upon with seller (50% share with Sewer Utility)

    • Coordinate with BHWSD regarding upgrades to BHWSD and City pump stations at the Main Reservoir

      DELIVERABLE #4: Utility rates and fees approved to support Water Utility

      DELIVERABLE #5: Obtain City Council approval of Cross Connection Control ordinance


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    Provide Sustainable Water Quality & Environmental Infrastructure

    • Champion: Public Works Director Jeff Cameron

  • Strategy B: Improve the wastewater collection and treatment system

  • Time Frame: 2012

  • DELIVERABLE #1: Complete construction of West Longview diversion project

  • DELIVERABLE #2: Decommission West Longview Lagoons

  • Obtain City Council vision for use of Lagoons property

  • Complete biosolids treatment and disposal plan; obtain Dept. of Ecology approval of plan and begin implementation

  • DELIVERABLE #3: 2012 sewer capital projects

    • Complete design and begin installation of SCADA System

    • Begin construction of Hudson/Douglas/33rd Ave pump station replacements and forcemain project

    • Complete construction of Triangle Center alley main rehabilitation/replacement project

    • Design/install emergency power upgrades at pump stations

    • Install liner in 30th Ave. interceptor

    • Acquire 1440 Industrial Way property if reasonable purchase price can be agreed upon with seller (50% share with Water Utility)


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    Provide Sustainable Water Quality & Environmental Infrastructure

    Champion: Public Works Director Jeff Cameron

    Strategy B, continued:

    DELIVERABLE #4: Utility rates and fees approved to support Sewer Utility; revise consumption charge structure to address actual flow based cost of service

    DELIVERABLE #5: Obtain City Council approval of Pretreatment Program and ordinance


    Provide sustainable water quality environmental infrastructure4

    Provide Sustainable Water Quality & Environmental Infrastructure

    • Champion: Public Works Director Jeff Cameron

  • Strategy C: Implement stormwater management system

  • Time Frame: 2012

  • DELIVERABLE #1: Continue implementation of Phase II NPDES permit

  • Participate, review, and comment on draft statewide permit due for renewal in 2012

  • DELIVERABLE #2: Complete alternative analysis for Lake Sacajawea water quality improvement flushing

  • Complete final report for Lake Sacajawea Drawdown Study

  • Design and begin construction of Lake Sacajawea flushing facilities

  • DELIVERABLE #3: 2012 stormwater capital projects

    • Complete conceptual design and begin final design for Beech Street drainage replacement and low impact development streetscape improvements

    • Miscellaneous stormwater capital projects

    • Complete conceptual design for Tennant Way low impact development streetscape improvements

    • Complete 15th Ave. storm drain repair at Delaware St.

    • Develop plan for downtown regional stormwater facility

  • DELIVERABLE #4: Utility rates and fees approved to support Stormwater Utility

  • DELIVERABLE #5: Update flood emergency response plan


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    Provide Sustainable Water Quality & Environmental Infrastructure

    Champion: Assistant City Manager Dave Campbell

    Strategy D: Provide, maintain, and upgrade City buildings to support services into the future

    Time Frame: 2012

    DELIVERABLE #1: Develop capital repair and replacement schedule

    DELIVERABLE #2: Present maintenance and repair needs and options in council workshop

    Strategy E: Implement environmentally friendly and sustainable infrastructure construction and maintenance practices

    Time Frame: 2012

    DELIVERABLE #1: Continue “green fleet” policies implementation

    DELIVERABLE #2: Prepare conceptual designs for “greenscaping” Tennant Way and Beech Street corridors


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    Provide Sustainable Water Quality & Environmental Infrastructure

    • Champion: Community Development Director John Brickey

    • Strategy F: Improve community solid waste reduction and recycling programs

    • Time frame: 2012

    • DELIVERABLE #1: Expand solid waste reduction and recycling education

      • Assess educational programs for level of success and continue focus on most successful programs

        • 12 News Print ads for 2012 (grant funded)

        • 30 - thirty second radio spots during one week each month on 7 local stations (approx 2,500 spots for 2012 - grant funded)

        • Distribute 1,000 English and 250 Spanish recycling brochures to customers and neighborhood organizations

        • Maintain recycling website – estimate 3,100 hits for 2012

        • Continue with Earth Day participation

        • Recycling presentations

          • 4 – neighborhood and/or organization

          • 4 – schools

      • Monitor recycling specific web site implemented July of 2011 and update as needed


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    Provide Sustainable Water Quality & Environmental Infrastructure

    • Champion: Community Development Director John Brickey

    • Strategy F continued:

    • DELIVERABLE #2: Continue to reduce recycling contamination rate

      • Provide on-going education

      • Continue enforcement activities

      • Removal of recycling privileges for chronic violators

      • Achieve reduction in contamination rate from 27.5% to a range between 22-24% by end of 2012

    • Champion: Assistant City Manager Dave Campbell

    • Strategy G: Evaluate energy conservation opportunities

    • Time frame: 2012

    • DELIVERABLE #1: Complete ESPC (energy services performance contract) investment grade audit and pursue desired cost-effective improvements to City buildings and systems.


    Strengthen economic conditions create new opportunities

    Strengthen economic conditions & create new opportunities

    • Champion: City Manager Bob Gregory

    • Strategy A:Actively partner and collaborate with WREDCo, CEDC, State Dept. of Commerce, Patriot Rail, and industrial real estate brokers for marketing of Mint Farm Industrial Park

    • Time Frame:2012

    • DELIVERABLE #1: Continue implementation of CEDC Economic Strategic Plan.

    • 2012 plan implementation goals will be adopted by CEDC and member agencies

    • Potential CEDC business recruitment trip to China

    • DELIVERABLE #2: Collaborate with CEDC to develop Buxton SCOUT and Consumer Propensity products.

    • DELIVERABLE #3: Continue marketing outreach to brokers/developers/business including Cowlitz County and Portland/Seattle metro region. Also continue with internet and website development and lead follow-up.

    • DELIVERABLE #4: Continue participation with Cowlitz Economic Development Council and engage in responding to CEDC/State Dept. of Commerce leads.

    • DELIVERABLE #5: Continue joint marketing with Patriot Rail and WREDCo including development of master rail plan for Phase II property.


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    Strengthen Economic Conditions & Create New Opportunities

    Champion: City Manager Bob Gregory

    Strategy B: Actively recruit heavy/light industrial developments with living wage jobs and high capital investment at Mint Farm Industrial Park

    Time Frame: 2012

    DELIVERABLE #1: Employment goal of10 jobs per acre

    DELIVERABLE #2: Investment goal of $1 million per acre

    DELIVERABLE #3: Development will conform to City Industrial Performance Standards

    DELIVERABLE #4: Collaborate with NW Renewable to develop property


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    Strengthen Economic Conditions & Create New Opportunities

    Champion: City Manager Bob Gregory

    Strategy C:Expand City’s scope of economic development activities to all community assets including but not limited to MFIP and other commercial/industrial development and retention opportunities

    Time Frame: 2012

    DELIVERABLE #1: City Manager/staff will assist private sector with marketing/recruitment/retention and new development of private property.

    DELIVERABLE #2: Complete commercial zoning code update

    DELIVERABLE #3: Determine scope and project cost estimate for Beech Street public infrastructure improvements, California Way to Oregon Way.

    DELIVERABLE #4: Continue participation in Cowlitz County Conference Center feasibility study with emphasis on hotel and regional sports facility.

    DELIVERABLE #5. Collaborate with CEDC to develop Buxton SCOUT and Consumer propensity products and assist Chamber, existing, and new business with utilization of products.

    DELIVERABLE #6: Explore business incubation opportunities including micro brewery cooperative and mixed use/residential.


    Strengthen economic conditions create new opportunities3

    Strengthen Economic Conditions & Create New Opportunities

    • Champion: Assistant City Manager Dave Campbell

    • Strategy D: Make downtown active, attractive, economically strong, and safe

    • Time Frame: 2012

    • DELIVERABLE #1: Carry out downtown 2012 Action Agenda items to include:

    • Promotion of mixed use development of parking lots

    • Promotion of revised facade improvement program

    • Initiation of way-finding signs project (not limited to downtown)

    • Complete downtown streetscape design plans incorporating:

      • pedestrian circulation/safety

      • gathering places

    • Pursue funding for and initiate construction of streetscape improvement project as funding allows

    • Review/revise as desired and promote targeted residential development tax abatement program

    • Implement CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)

    • Support launch of aggressive business development program (BIA dependent)

    • Support launch of aggressive business recruitment program (BIA dependent)

    • Support launch of aggressive downtown marketing campaign (BIA dependent)

    • Create “lure brochure” for downtown (BIA dependent)

    • Establish benchmarks

    • Reassemble Action Agenda survey/focus groups to assess progress


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    Strengthen Economic Conditions & Create New Opportunities

    Champion: Assistant City Manager Dave Campbell

    Strategy D, continued:

    DELIVERABLE #2: Permit/support special events.

    DELIVERABLE #3: Intermediate review of results of recent modifications to parking requirements and regulations by December 31, 2012.

    DELIVERABLE #4: Identify potential landscape improvements in municipal parking lots.

    DELIVERABLE #5: Target specific redevelopment areas in downtown; i.e., arts and entertainment/theater district.

    DELIVERABLE #6: Support and facilitate establishment of Longview Downtown Partnership and BIA, to include downtown manager position.


    Preserve and improve neighborhoods

    Preserve and Improve Neighborhoods

    • Champion: Community Development Director John Brickey

    • Strategy A: Improve the appearance and quality of life in the Highlands area

    • Time Frame: 2012

    • DELIVERABLE #1: Continue to assist Highlands Neighborhood Association and Community Coach with Highlands Revitalization Plan implementation

      • Support efforts to continue funding and constructing the Highlands Trail

        • 2009-10-11 CDBG funding secured for Trail Construction. Construction to begin July 2012

      • Facilitate implementation of Highlands Neighborhood gateway signs

      • Support efforts to build HNA membership and participation

      • Encourage coach to coordinate potential adopt an alley project

      • Assist in seeking additional grant funding to extend Coach Project

      • Assist HNA in creation of a Highlands Coordinating Council to identify and facilitate partnerships with agencies, organizations and businesses that provide service to Highlands residents


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    Preserve and Improve Neighborhoods

    • Champion: Community Development Director John Brickey

    • Strategy A: Improve the appearance and quality of life in the Highlands area

    • Time Frame: 2012

    • DELIVERABLE #2: Reduce nuisance conditions

      • Continue code compliance focus on nuisance properties in the Highlands as staffing and resources allow

      • Continue participation in educational outreach to landlords, tenants and owner occupied property owners as staffing and resources allow

      • Partner with HNA to coordinate block cleanup events

      • Actively seek judicial orders to abate properties with unresponsive owners as staffing and resources allow

      • Actively seek opportunities to partner with agencies, organizations & volunteer groups to accomplish development, rehab and cleanup projects


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    Preserve and Improve Neighborhoods

    Champion: Community Development Director John Brickey

    Strategy A, continued:

    DELIVERABLE #3: Develop and implement housing and infrastructure improvements

    • Support Habitat for Humanity, Lower Columbia CAP and Longview Housing Authority through the HOME and CDBG appropriations process to facilitate Highlands housing projects that are consistent with the Housing/Community Development Objectives contained in the 2009-2013 Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan as adopted by Council in 2009

    • Promote use of additional housing options available with the adoption of the updated residential zoning code to property owners, agencies, organizations and developers

    • Continue to promote use of CDBG ,CIP and other funds for Highlands infrastructure improvements as funding allows

    • Promote “adopt an alley light” project

      DELIVERABLE #4: Community Development Planning staff will collaborate with Public Works Stormwater Division to manage Beech Street Median Stormwater/pedestrian improvement public outreach/design process


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    Preserve and Improve Neighborhoods

    • Champion: Community Development Director John Brickey

    • Strategy B: Expand city limits and adjust planning area and utility service area boundaries in a logical manner

    • Time Frame: 2012

    • DELIVERABLE #1: Amend 2006 Comprehensive Plan Annexation policies as established by resolution

    • DELIVERABLE #2: Initiation of consideration for annexation of West Longview Ocean Beach corridor

      • Conduct benefit/cost analyses of proposed annexation by resolution of West Longview Ocean Beach Corridor

      • Initiate annexation agreement with Cowlitz County Commissioners and Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue

    • DELIVERABLE #3: Investigate additional annexation by resolution opportunities to determine feasibility and benefit to City

    • DELIVERABLE #4: Annexation decisions based on efficient use of time and projection of costs

      • Annexations by request/petition method will continue to be processed as they are submitted

      • Annexation of eligible islands may be initiated by staff and processed upon Council direction to proceed


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    Preserve and Improve Neighborhoods

    • Champion: Community Development Director John Brickey

    • Strategy C: Mitigate the impacts of growth on the City’s infrastructure

    • Time Frame: 2012

    • DELIVERABLE #1: Continue to update zoning and infrastructure regulations and infrastructure standards that include promoting low-impact development

      • Adopt updated commercial zoning codes

      • Update zoning code administrative provisions

      • Coordinate creation of additional LID development options with Public Works staff and Stormwater staff

      • Update shorelines regulations Phase 1

    • DELIVERABLE #2: Continue inventory of City’s historic assets and promotion of appropriate rehabilitation and maintenance

      • Continue phased inventory of Old West Side residential structures as grant funding allows

      • Encourage and facilitate creation of Historic Districts for Old West Side Neighborhood and Downtown and a Conservation District for Lake Sacajawea Park and surrounds

    • DELIVERABLE #3: Initiate incorporation of Complete Streets requirements in the development code and/or street standards as appropriate

      • Inventory streets to identify complete street issues and opportunities as staffing and resources allow

      • Compare inventory results with Regional Trails and Paths Plan

      • Draft prioritized listing of potential Complete Street projects

      • Hold Council workshop in fall 2012; seek direction for Complete Streets policy


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    Preserve and Improve Neighborhoods

    • Strategy D: Improve appearance and quality of life in CVG neighborhoods

    • DELIVERABLE #1: Facilitate public improvements in CVG area.

    • Champion: Council/City Manager Bob Gregory

    • Strategy D: Continue active federal and state legislative advocacy

    • Time Frame: 2012

    • DELIVERABLE #1: Pursue federal funding assistance for SR432, 911 CAD system, downtown streetscape project, R.A. Long Park, and reauthorization of SAFTEA-LU in collaboration with federal governmental affairs firm

    • DELIVERABLE #2: Develop and advocate 2012 Longview state legislative agenda in collaboration with state governmental affairs firm


    Improve transportation systems

    Improve Transportation Systems

    • Champion: Public Works Director Jeff Cameron

    • Strategy A: Improve traffic flow conditions for vehicle, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian mobility

    • Time Frame: 2012

    • DELIVERABLE #1: Transportation capital improvements

      • Complete Broadway at 14th Ave intersection improvements {Safety Grant}

      • Complete design and begin construction of Highlands Path - Oregon Way to Douglas St. {CDBG/Transportation Enhancement funded}

      • Complete pedestrian improvements on 15th Ave at Douglas St. and Hemlock St. (State Pedestrian Grant)

      • Complete pedestrian improvements on Washington Way at 28th Ave (State Pedestrian Grant)

      • Inspect/Maintain/Repair Bridges

      • Complete 15th Ave./Hudson St./Olympia Way improvements – Phase 1

      • Implement traffic signal progression on 15th Ave and Tennant Way

      • Continue sidewalk inspection/repair program

      • Complete turn-around for transit buses on west end of Ocean Beach Highway

      • DELIVERABLE #2: Complete budgeted maintenance and repair work for streets, alleys, sidewalks, and handicap access ramps

      • DELIVERABLE #3: Complete pavement management inventory

      • Present pavement condition report to City Council

      • Obtain City Council direction regarding funding for pavement repair program


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    ImproveTransportationSystems

    • Champion: Public Works Director Jeff Cameron

    • Strategy A, continued

    • DELIVERABLE #4: Implement recommendations in Transit Enhancement Plant adopted by Cowlitz Transit Authority

    • Implement new routes and stop locations – no flag stops

    • Begin/end hours of service at extremity of routes

    • Implement express route if feasible due to funding/facilities

    • Complete process to develop new brand for transit system

    • Hire Mobility Manager

    • Fill vacant Transit Supervisor position

    • Purchase additional buses to expand the transit fleet

    • Prepare Transit/City Shop facility plan to accommodate Transit expansion

    • DELIVERABLE #5: Bicycle and pedestrian-friendly features have been included in road construction and upgrade projects where feasible

    • DELIVERABLE #6: Support CWCOG during preparation of preliminary design and NEPA for SR 432 road and rail improvements

    • DELIVERABLE #7: Support reauthorization of the Federal Transportation Act (SAFETEA-LU) and projects of benefit to the Longview/Kelso region

    • DELIVERABLE #8: Engineering staff performs only critical traffic engineering services during continued vacancy of Traffic Engineer position


    Address quality of place issues

    Address Quality of Place Issues

    • Champions: City Manager Bob Gregory and

    • Assistant City Manager Dave Campbell

    • Strategy A: Continue support to Project Longview Action Team for implementation of Community Assessment Task Force Report.

    • Time Frame: 2012

    • DELIVERABLE #1: Implement downtown façade improvement program.

    • DELIVERABLE #2: Complete gateway design for City Council for approval

    • DELIVERABLE #3: Complete final design R.A. Long/Civic Center improvements

    • DELIVERABLE #4: Develop way-finding sign plan and submit recommendations to City Council for approval.

    • DELIVERABLE #5: Complete preliminary design for Tennant Way streetscape and green-up.


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    Address Quality of Place Issues

    • Champion: Parks & Recreation Director Dave Campbell

    • Strategy B: Enhance parks and green spaces

    • Time Frame: 2012

    • DELIVERABLE #1: Provide report to Council about 2011 aphid treatment program results and develop a strategy for further testing of alternative methods of responding to aphid infestations

    • DELIVERABLE #2: Ensure Tree City USA accreditation is maintained

    • DELIVERABLE #3: Parks/Recreation Comprehensive Plan implementation status report to Council

    • DELIVERABLE #4: Work with Council to help them decide whether or not a metropolitan park district referendum is appropriate for 2012

    • DELIVERABLE #5: Ensure Playful City USA reaccreditation requirements are met

    • DELIVERABLE #6: Implement neighborhood park grant projects

    • DELIVERABLE #7: Work with the Longview Outdoor Gallery in completing the second phase of the placement of sculptures along Commerce Avenue

    • DELIVERABLE #8: Work with the parks and recreation board in ranking the capital improvement projects listed in the comprehensive plan and submit to council for approval

    • DELIVERABLE #9: Present the policies and procedures for administering the Kuntz funds to council for approval


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    Address Quality of Place Issues

    • Champion: Parks & Recreation Director Dave Campbell

    • Strategy C: Create access to recreation facilities that are currently not available or are insufficient in the community

    • Time Frame: 2012

    • DELIVERABLE #1: Submit the first phase of the master plan development for Archie Anderson Park for CDBG funding consideration

    • DELIVERABLE #2: Complete the design and construction of the walking/bike trail in the Highlands area

    • Champion: City Council

    • Strategy D: Develop long-term strategy for City’s Japanese sister city relationship

    • Time frame: 2012

    • DELIVERABLE #1: Support Sister City Commission in exchange trip to Wako


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    Address Quality of Place Issues

    Champion: City Manager Bob Gregory

    Strategy E: Expand opportunities for continuing education beyond K-12

    Time Frame: 2012

    DELIVERABLE #1: Advocate for Skills Center Clark County branch campus in Cowlitz County.

    DELIVERABLE #2: Support and collaborate with LCC for four-year degree programs


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    Address Quality of Place Issues

    Champion: Library Director Chris Skaugset

    Strategy F: Expand opportunities for life-long learning and adult literacy (Project Read)

    Time Frame: 2012

    DELIVERABLE #1: Gather and share information between all literacy providers in Cowlitz County and create network/coalition executive committee to move group forward

    DELIVERABLE #2: Explore ways that we can work with Longview School District to better promote education and literacy to people of all ages

    DELIVERABLE #3: Continue project with the Highlands Neighborhood Association to continue their own library in the HNA Community Center and to deliver some Library programming there


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    Address Quality of Place Issues

    Champion: HR Director - Keith Larson

    Strategy G: Improve the City’s Diversity and Inclusionary Reputation

    Time Frame: 2012 and beyond

    DELIVERABLE #1: Recognize and utilize staff capabilities, talents and skills to increase our multi-lingual and multi-cultural communication skills

    DELIVERABLE #2: Train staff in civil treatment principles and assure compliance with employment laws, regulations and principles.


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    Address Quality of Place Issues

    Champion: Library Director Chris Skaugset

    Strategy H: Expand opportunities for early learning and pre-k literacy

    Time Frame: 2012

    DELIVERABLE #1: Continue early learning program reaching out to day-care centers to help them provide books and programming for the children through the use of volunteers

    DELIVERABLE #2: Explore ways that we can work with Longview School District to better promote education and literacy to people of all ages

    DELIVERABLE #3: Continue project with the Highlands Neighborhood Association to continue their own library in the HNA Community Center and to deliver some Library programming there

    DELIVERABLE #4: Continue to be part of Cowlitz County Early Learning Coalition and the Early Learning Public Library Partnership


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    Address Quality of Place Issues

    Champion: Library Director Chris Skaugset

    Strategy I: Enhance library services

    Time Frame: 2012

    DELIVERABLE #1: Begin short-term and long-range strategic planning process with Library Board of Trustees

    DELIVERABLE #2: Have a joint meeting of the Library Board, Longview Library Foundation Board and Friends of the Longview Library Board to discuss planning

    DELIVERABLE #3: Plan completed and approved by Council in 2013


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    Address Quality of Place Issues

    Champion: City Manager Bob Gregory

    Strategy J: Actively participate in Pathways 2020 initiatives

    Time Frame: 2010

    DELIVERABLE #1: Continue support and participation on Pathways 2020 Board

    DELIVERABLE #2: Promote Pathways 2020 vision by facilitating community partnerships

    DELIVERABLE #3: Promote healthy lifestyles by enhancing accessibility and development of bicycle and pedestrian exercise facilities and development/adoption of “Complete Streets” policy.

    DELIVERABLE #4: Continue to support and participate in the Cowlitz Housing First & Vulnerable Adults Task Force initiatives that provide for transitional housing and support services


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