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Posted on: October 25, 2018

City’s 75 Day Work Plan to address clarity, transparency and accountability

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Brighton City Manager Philip Rodriguez recently rolled out a 75-day work plan in order to address the city’s top pressing issues with the goal of providing clarity, transparency and accountability to our community. The plan addresses a number of specific actions that Rodriguez and city staff will undertake between now and Dec. 31.

 

“The goals and objectives listed in the plan will require a significant amount of time and energy for staff and it will be one of our top work priorities for the remainder of the year,” Rodriguez said. “I am confident that focusing on these items will create positive outcomes for the organization and the community, including prioritizing our customers, streamlining services to increase efficiencies, better aligning of our organization plan, and increasing support needed in certain areas throughout the city.”

 

The goals and objectives of the 75 Day Work Plan include:

 

  • Propose to council that all utility rates be frozen at current rates until a new rate model can be developed; 
  • Immediately conduct an outside review of the recent rate model studies to best understand the utility rate progression from 2014-2018 and its impact on residents and businesses from a third-party perspective;
  • Identify, purchase and begin implementing a “smart reader system” that will focus billing cycles to a range of no more than 28-31 days each month, which allows for more consistent billing;
  •  Identify and hire a new utilities rate consultant to ensure rates are fair, reasonable and equitable for everyone;
  • Review and propose new shut-off processes to ensure that our systems serve our residents and businesses well;
  • Immediately issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for new city auditors to include a specific review of the Utilities Fund;
  • Create an eight-person Audit Selection Committee consisting of two city council members, two community members and four city staff professionals to select the new city auditors;
  •  Transition Acting Director of Public Works and Utilities to Director of Infrastructure, bridging any divide between the Utilities and Public Works departments and increasing efficiencies in both areas;
  • Transition the Utility Billing division to the Finance Department where it best aligns with the “Financial Responsibility” Strategic Plan Focus Area and enhances customer service;  
  • Convert an existing position in the City Manager’s Office to Director of Urban & Public Policy to assist in implementing this plan, along with support from the Executive Assistant to the City Manager and Assistant City Manager;
  • Review at all existing utilities master plans and create an understandable and achievable project list (new Capital Improvement Plan) that ensures the Strategic Plan Focus Area of “Supportive, Sustainable Infrastructure”; and 
  • Advertise for, recruit, and hire an exceptional new Director of Finance (CFO) to help lead the city into a new era of clarity, transparency and accountability.

City leadership will continue to update City Council and community members on the progress of the plan between now and the end of the year through the city’s communications channels. For more information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 303-655-8747.


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