Riverbank City Council members unanimously approved the six month strategic objectives that were developed during a Strategic Planning session held on March 20 at the latest city council meeting, held on Tuesday, March 28. The planning sessions allow the council and city staff the opportunity to discuss projects and prioritize them for the city’s three-year goals.
The City Council has been committed to the strategic planning process for the past six years as a method to guide and shape the workflow of the organization. The strategic planning process also allows for the resources of the organization to be used in a way that specifically serves the three-year (2016-2019) goals.
There were several items listed that City Manager Sean Scully explained are all important in their own way because each objective was designed by the goal-setting group to contribute toward one of the five three-year goals identified for the city.
“Obviously some goals are larger in scale than others, for example, presenting the Crossroads West project to LAFCO by September but generally all projects on the list large and small represent something strategically important for our organization,” stated Scully.
Another item discussed at the meeting last Tuesday was the City of Riverbank Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program projects for fiscal year 2018-2019 and fiscal year 2019-2020 recommended by StanCOG and approved by the StanCOG Policy Board. This item was also approved unanimously.
In the summary of the agenda it is listed that the purpose of the CMAQ Program is to fund transportation projects or programs that will contribute to the attainment or maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5). All projects eligible for CMAQ funds must originate from the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and also be identified in the Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP). The basic criteria that must be met to be eligible for CMAW funding is to be a transportation project, generate emissions reductions, and be located in or benefit a nonattainment or maintenance area.
“We are thrilled with the award of these grants,” said Scully. “They allow us to leverage our local funds into much larger projects that we could reasonably afford on our own. All the projects on the list are important but we are particularly excited about the sidewalk and pedestrian improvements on Patterson as well as Roselle as they will provide additional pedestrian access in areas that have been under served in the past.”
To see the full list of projects and get additional details, visit www.riverbank.org.