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City Council 2011 Policy Objectives
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In 2009 and 2010 the city of Greenville sustained reductions in state funding programs,
endured a mild downturn in city business license and hospitality taxes, and saw
increases in the customary costs charged to it for supplies and services. Yet the
City balanced its budget, met bond payment obligations, maintained its basic level
of service, and enhanced the durable equipment needs of the fire and police departments.
The City met the challenges by freezing all salaries at their 2008 level, having
a reduction in force for part time employees, eliminating positions and re-assigning
personnel to open positions in order to avoid new hires, eliminating deferring non-essential
costs to future years, and embarked upon a comprehensive refinancing of existing
debt at current interest rates thereby saving citizens of Greenville over two million
dollars over the life of the debt.
Moreover, the City has continued to host major events such as the U.S. Pro Cycling
Championship, Artisphere, and Fall for Greenville, as well as enhancing the Saturday
Market to benefit area residents and regional farmers. The City saw the completion
of a new office building and hotel at Main and Broad Streets, the enhancement of
ICAR, successful seasons for attendance for Greenville Drive games, and dramatic
increase in the use of the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
Objectives for 2011
- Gateway Commercial Districts. For 2011, City Council will carry
forward its renewed emphasis on “gateway” commercial districts outside downtown
in order to improve their success in serving nearby residential neighborhoods. For
the purpose of maximizing results in an orderly manner, the City in each district
will concentrate its limited resources on one segment at a time rather disperse
them over too large an area.
- Jobs and Business Growth. Recognizing that strong business growth
is essential for supporting jobs, population growth, and quality of life improvements,
City Council will work diligently to retain existing businesses and encourage their
growth here, while it continues to recruit new businesses with meaningful job opportunities
for the region. In addition, City Council will revisit Greenville’s business license
practices in order to simplify the categories, streamline the licensing process,
and assure fairness.
- Downtown Office Space. The City will work with downtown partners
and area economic development partners to assure maximum utilization of downtown
office space so that the Central Business District can be successful for building
owners and for retailers and restaurateurs and so that Greenville’s downtown can
sustain its successful identity for the City and for the region.
- Population Growth. City Council will study carefully the official
census results, and use its information to promote policies and practices that encourage
strong but manageable population growth including but not limited to providing public
amenities supportive of residential life, continuing annexation, promoting quality
housing opportunities. Population growth is important to create the synergy of a
flourishing community and to assure Greenville’s potential as a hub of economic,
cultural, entertainment, and recreational activity for the region.
- Creating Housing Opportunities. The City will intensify its efforts
to promote the quality of the City’s housing opportunities. To that end, The City
will seek every opportunity to reach out to developers, builders, and real estate
agents, and neighborhood organizations to identify appropriate locations and appropriate
development for residential uses. The City will also promote and protects the character
of existing neighborhoods.
- Infrastructure. In coordination with its efforts to focus on economic
development and improving the quality of housing, the City will exercise diligence
to preserve, upgrade, and augment its network of infrastructure, including sanitary
sewers, streets, sidewalks, and trails in a manner designed to assure connectivity,
responsible environmental practices, and public and private co-operation. The City
will seek to revisit its Public Right of Way Maintenance Ordinance to determine
how best to restore street surfaces when utility cuts are made into streets.
- Reedy River. The City will strive to identify, promote, and protect
green space areas in close proximity to the Reedy River, which weaves diverse areas
of the City into Greenville’s commonly held identity. To that end, the City will
also use its best effort to expand park space and move its Public Works facilities
away from its present location near the river.
- Fire Station. The City will continue planning for the location
and funding of a new fire station in the vicinity of the ICAR, the Point, and Verdae
developments in conjunction with supporting partners in the area.
- Service Agreements as Part of Growth. The City will work to put
in place evenhanded joint service agreements to coordinate the City’s territorial
growth with the needs and reasonable aspirations of surrounding governmental jurisdictions
in a manner that assures quality service for the public inside and outside the city
- Restructuring City Services. City Council will direct the City
Manager and city staff to begin working now on the scope of the 2012-13 fiscal year
budget (one year away) so that the City rethinks the need for every service and
the level of service currently being rendered in order that Council might more effectively
address whether significant adjustments are needed in city services.