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The 52 weeks of 2017 marked as many milestones for the “Show Me City”, spanning a gamut of progress for residents, stakeholders and staff, including the City retaining its AA bond rating, maintaining its public safety status as one of the safest communities in Texas, implementing technology upgrades in all facilities, improving infrastructure citywide, and:
“Transparency and public-private collaborations are paramount to our High Performing Organization, and this year, I continued to set the bar high for my team in conceptualizing and completing projects that are a part of day-to-day operations and those that are unprecedented and will enhance the community,” said City Manager Anthony J. Snipes. “These accomplishments and others were based on business plans developed by each department and would not have been possible without strategic direction from Mayor Allen Owen, Mayor Pro Tem Yolanda Ford (District A) and Councilmembers Jeffrey Boney (District B), Anthony Maroulis (District C), Floyd Emery (District D), Jerry Wyatt (At-Large Position #1) and Chris Preston (At-Large Position #2).”
During this same timeframe, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Friday, Aug. 25. Harvey started off as a tropical depression and gradually churned into a Category 4storm. As the winds and heavy rain intensified, the City’s Emergency Operation Center was activated to assure a timely, efficient response from first responders and front-line staff.
“For seven days, team members from all departments worked tirelessly to rescue residents and pets trapped in flooded areas, to notify homeowners of evacuation orders, to monitor road closures, to watch rising waterway levels and inspect levee and drainage systems, to distribute news alerts and advisories, to coordinate media reports, to establish shelters and staging spaces, to receive donations, to partner with volunteers and to assure the safety and well-being of one another,” City Manager Snipes said. “Our public safety crews rescued more than 1,300 residents from City limits and the ETJ areas where we provide service. In addition, staff coordinated with area partners to share important relief information and help impacted residents get back on their feet.”
City facilities were also a resource during the disaster. For instance, the City Centre at Quail Valley housed more than 69 State Troopers for six nights and six National Guard Members for two nights. All utilized the event rooms and hallways for sleeping areas and were fed breakfast and dinner during shift changes at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Many of the officers and guardsmen also used resources at the Recreation & Tennis Center during their local stay.
Snipes also applauded the City’s “commercial partners for their generosity during Harvey. We were fortunate to have Niagara Cares, the philanthropic division of Niagara Bottling, LLC pledge $1 million to local relief efforts and other companies have provided assistance as well.”
The City is currently in the recovery phase with residents, businesses and stakeholders working together to assure all areas are fully restored.
As part of the City’s commitment to citizen education and engagement, when staff received a high-volume of inquiries on a topic during 2017, team members compiled and distributed comprehensive frequently asked questions to provide residents with in-depth details on issues of interest. Topics included Animal Services, the 2017 Charter Election, the official City logo, area addresses and geographical limits and the extraterritorial jurisdiction.
“We’re closing out another banner year with these achievements and so many more. It’s in great part because of our talented team of employees and partnerships with our citizens,” City Manager Snipes said. “And, we will continue to build on our reputation as a safe, scenic city that is ranked one of America’s BEST places to live, work and play.”
In 2018, City officials and staff will maintain the focus on economic development initiatives, technology upgrades, the budget, improvement and expansion of infrastructure, management of the first-class amenities, community outreach and citizen collaborations.
“The Show Me City is positioned to shine bright for decades to come,” Snipes said, “and we’re excited about what our future holds.”
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