The City of North Liberty requested staff from the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) to assist the City with goal setting. IPA agreed to organize and facilitate a
process that involved the following steps:
- Prepare a questionnaire to identify recent accomplishments, issues/trends/concerns, potential new initiatives/programs/policies, and suggestions to improve
- Conduct a preliminary session with department heads;
- Conduct a goal-setting session with elected officials; and
- Prepare a final report.
City elected officials held a goal setting work session conducted by the IPA on Thursday, January 25, 2018. In attendance and participating at this meeting were Mayor Terry Donahue and City Council Members Jennifer Going, Chris Hoffman, Sarah Madsen, Annie Pollock, and Jim Sayre. Also in attendance and participating in this session were City Administrator Ryan Heiar and Special Projects Coordinator Angela McConville.
Prior to the council’s goal setting session, a preliminary session with department heads was held on January 10, 2018. In attendance and participating in this session were City Administrator Ryan Heiar, Assistant City Administrator Tracey Mulcahey, Human Resource Director Debra Hilton, Communications Director Nick Bergus, Building Official Tom Palmer, City Attorney Scott Peterson, Library Director Jennie Garner, Police Chief Diane Venenga, Planning Director Dean Wheatley, Water Superintendent Greg Metternich, Parks Director Guy Goldsmith, Recreation Director Shelly Simpson, Street Superintendent Mike Pentecost, Special Projects Coordinator Angela McConville, and Fire Chief Brian Platz.
This document was adopted by the North Liberty City Council via resolution on February 27, 2018.
Through this process, the North Liberty Mayor and City Council identified a number of on-going commitments for 2018 and 2019.
- Ranshaw Way (Highway 965)
- Continue to plan for future phases, including identifying outside funding sources
- Construction of Phase III and IV
- Continue to provide on-going information and education to public
- Continue to plan and budget for playground equipment in parks
- Continue to lobby for Penn Street bridge
- Sanitary sewer upgrade – Cherry Street parallel line
- Centennial Park development – implement FY 2018 phase and define future phases in Capital Improvement Plan
- Water plant upgrades per facility plan
- Continue investigating transit options, including exploring opportunities for collaboration with Coralville, Iowa City, University of Iowa and Johnson County
- Actively work towards partnership with citizens requesting dog park
- Construction of police headquarters
- FY2018 trail connection project
- Forevergreen Road from interchange to Jones Boulevard
- Front Street reconstruction from Cherry Street to Zeller Street
- Update Personnel Policy manual, Substance Abuse Policy manual, job descriptions, and compensation program
- Continue the city’s efforts to develop a positive relationship with the community, including increasingly diverse population
- Explore financial options to fund more of our parks and recreation plan
- Make a decision regarding solid waste policies/rules/services, including recycling bins, fees, stickers and related issues
The North Liberty City Council and Mayor identified these additional priorities for 2018 and 2019:
- 1 (Tie) Develop over-arching strategic plan, including community identity and vision planning
- 1 (Tie) Develop a master plan for the Front Street, Dubuque Street, and Cherry Street intersection
- 1 (Tie) Conduct housing market inventory/needs analysis
- 1 (Tie) Update Park Plan, including recreation
- 5 (Tie) Street and sidewalk improvements on North Bend Drive from Centro to Dubuque St intersection (related to new Grant Elementary School
- 5 (Tie) Inventory sidewalks and accessibility of network to ensure people can physically get around
Additionally, the North Liberty Mayor and City Council reviewed a variety of ideas relating to improving organizational effectiveness, and, after review and discussion, reached general agreement on the following steps to improve organizational effectiveness:
- Enhance goals and objectives tracking process.
- Mayor and Council members should continue to attend City-sponsored events, both as advocates for the City and to increase awareness of City operations.
- Consider developing calendar of events for use by council
- Elected officials should be prepared for council meetings by reviewing the agenda packet in advance; asking questions before the meetings to allow time for staff to research answers and respond.
- Clarify “requests for further information” so that respondents know what is exactly needed.
A copy of the report is available for download.