Roseville Mayor Dan Roe Touts City's Accomplishments of 2012
In his annual State of the City Address, the mayor also talked Monday about initiatives for the current year.
In his annual State of the City address, Roseville Mayor Dan Roe said Monday that the community is in good shape but still has opportunities ahead in 2013.
"Based on the work we in Roseville have done over the last year, and the plans we have for the coming year and beyond, I believe that the state of our City is sound and strong, with opportunities for improvement," Roe said.
Here are a few highlifghts from Roe's speech:
"-In 2012, Roseville saw about a 2% drop in crime overall, with the greatest reductions occurring in robberies, assaults, shoplifting, and weapons crimes. While it is often difficult to link crime reductions to specific actions, I believe it is fair to say that our police department’s concerted efforts to focus on target areas such as shoplifting, in partnership with our local retailers, have made a difference.
-In 2012 Roseville adopted a new policy to assist homeowners if a sanitary sewer back-up occurs. To protect the health and safety of the residents, and also to assist residents with the financial burdens of clean-up efforts, the City will now provide contracted service for basic clean-up work in order to provide a clean and safe environment in the home for the homeowners to pursue further rehabilitation efforts in their homes.
-In 2012, the City saw over $60 million in new tax base from development of new commercial and industrial facilities, and over $20 million in new residential tax base. That trend looks to continue for 2013.
-In 2012, we supported local business development by revising our liquor license system to allow small breweries to operate taprooms and bottle & growler sales in our community. (The mayor is referring here to the city's assistance in the opening of Pour Decisions Brewing Co., a new micro-brewer.)
-In the last 2 years, the City implemented several measures to address significant funding shortfalls and provide for adequate funding of our capital and infrastructure for the next 20 years and beyond.
While this led to sharp increases in water and sewer fees each of the last 2 years, and it cannot be denied that those increases can have an especially notable impact on those who are struggling financially, the result will be stable and predictable funding that our residents and businesses will be able to count on for years to come.
In 2013, we hope to continue to update our City codes, such as our shoreland code, to reflect current environmental requirements, policies, and best practices."