“The best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” President T. Roosevelt
One Hundred Day Plan - #Shaker100
This time of transition has provided an opportunity to build on Shaker’s past to position our City for the future. Shaker is a resilient city and we keep it that way by building on our assets. That’s why my Mayoral administration will focus on three pillars from the moment I am sworn into office:
1) Core Services and Infrastructure: Let’s work together to ensure that our services meet expectations and that our roads and sewers contribute to, not detract from, our housing values. I will…
invest in our infrastructure needs by responsibly utilizing excess reserves.
pursue outside funding for projects to stretch our tax dollars further.
collaborate with union leadership representing our staff to recognize and promote quality public service, especially as it relates to contact with city residents.
work towards the availability of household food waste composting to reduce waste fees.
expand our sustainability work, including no-pesticide care of fields and energy reduction strategies.
continue to create more free options for enjoying our parks and protect the green space in every neighborhood.
2) Financial Sustainability: We need to focus on economic development that builds our neighborhoods and favors home grown businesses, including minority-owned and women-owned businesses. We need more transparency in the budgeting process. I will continue my long-standing work of engaging with school leaders, library leaders, and neighborhood leaders to decide over time how best to allocate and coordinate our limited resources. I will…
pursue income tax relief for residents if our reserves continue to grow.
build our team by filling the long-vacant Director of Economic Development position.
bring together representatives from the library and schools, in a public planning session.
ensure that our economic development work covers the entire city.
bring residents into the budget process including by creating a budget calendar that has committee input, so that resident representatives can work directly as partners in creating the budget.
investigate the usage of OhioCheckbook.com as a publicly searchable online platform for tracking city spending.
work with the leadership of every adjacent city, carefully listening for partnership opportunities that could increase services or decrease costs.
pursue sustainability efforts that will reduce expenses.
3) Engagement and Transparency: Government works best when we can see it. At a time when building trust with all of us, in every neighborhood, is of such critical importance, I will work for greater transparency. Bringing more people’s voices into the conversation is critical to moving Shaker forward. I will…
establish an Advisory Council of neighborhood leaders that will identify both challenges and solutions.
take a listening tour of neighborhood meetings, making sure to note and connect common themes.
attend a school board meeting, meet individually with each member of the school board, and meet with district administration, to make sure that community feedback to the schools also reaches the city.
list city committees online with a description and contact information and will make appointments to add new voices to the discussion.
reshape committees to better reflect current issues and work toward an online application process in time for 2019 reconfiguration and appointments.
evaluate the process of becoming a certified “Welcoming City” (welcomingamerica.org) to help us pursue concrete steps as we become a community that is even more welcoming for all of us.
lead an interactive city summit, after the first 100 days, reporting out on this plan and the State of the City.