Jan 7, 2014 12:16 AM
The city of Chico had many hurdles in the past year, from the budget situation to homeless problem, but the city has made great strides to improve the city. The council met tonight to recognize those accomplishments and to set goals for the new year.
During 2013, the city focused on issues like public safety, finance, economic development, technology, transportation and environment. The city started bike patrols again for downtown, passed a sit and lie ordinance, reduced the budget deficit by $5.6 million, and brought in 350 jobs to the city.
Officials say the important part is to focus on the future and to set goals for the upcoming year. "I think what we want to do is make sure that the specific goals, such as community development, economic development, and technology... we want those to be measurable for the council. We want to be able to come back to the council and say 'here's what we accomplished in 2014 that met your objectives and that met your policy direction,'" said Brian Nakamura, City Manager for the city of Chico.
Officials say holding these sessions give them an opportunity on an annual basis to reassess and reevaluate their goals. One of the main goals is to try to increase the revenue base for the city, which in turn will give the city more money to fund programs and city services.
Officials say they plan on hiring 5 more police officers this year and even though there's no doubt we'll have some bumps in the road, 2014 is going to be a great year for the city of Chico.