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Posted on: December 28, 2016

City of Jackson Departmental Accomplishments for 2016

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Here's a partial listing of City of Jackson departmental accomplishments for 2016.

Department of Planning and Development
• First recipient in the State of Mississippi to receive grant funding for Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant in the amount of nearly $1.4 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.
• Reinstituted Limited Housing Repair Program for eligible Jackson homeowners to receive minor home repairs.
• Launched first phase of the City’s Jackson Gateway Housing Project in west Jackson. To date, eight housing units rehabilitated.
• Developed a GIS-based zoning map accessible to the public from the City’s website.
• Launched the Neighbor’s First Lot Program, allowing Jackson homeowners and qualified non-profit organizations to purchase certain city-owned, residentially zoned lots for as little as $10. To date 65% of the eligible properties in this program are under contract.
• Held grand-opening ceremonies for 37 businesses.
• Opened 1st Free Health Clinic for City Employees.

Administration
• Successfully implemented multiple cost saving measures that resulted in the City improving its cash position and replenishing its unrestricted fund balance to a level that puts the City on track to optimal financial stability.
• GFOA has awarded the City its Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting during each year that the current administration has been in office.
• Proactively identified opportunities to restructure some of the city’s outstanding debt at lower interest rates, thus generating more than $2.2M in present value savings.
• Pro-actively negotiated with AT&T and T-Mobile to upgrade 18 cellular tower sites; this resulted in an increase in annual revenue of approximately $100,000.
• Generated significant cost savings for the City by bringing in-house printing jobs which had previously been outsourced.
• Implemented new operating systems across the City which improved efficiencies in Water Billing, Equal Business Opportunity Management, and Personnel Management.


Department of Public Works
• Paved approximately 60 streets under Operation Orange Cone Initiative, using 1 Percent Sales Tax funding.
• Replaced Hanging Moss Road Bridge and Ready Mix Street Bridge, using 1 Percent Sales Tax funding.
• Paved Watkins Road, McCluer Road, Forest Hill Drive and Lynch Street under interlocal agreement with Hinds County. Project was paid for, in part, with 1 Percent Sales Tax funding.
• Completed the Eastover Water Line Repair Project, using 1 Percent Sales Tax funding.
• Launched Phase I of LED Jackson project, which is designed to save tax dollars through energy efficiency.
• DPW crews filled 22,116 potholes.
• DPW crews repaired 2,100 water main breaks and 268 utility cuts.

Jackson Fire Department
• Reopened Station No. 3 after a nearly two-year closure.
• Promoted 100 firefighters within two years.
• Met apparatus staffing goal for the first time in 20 years.
• Increased training hours.
• Created partnership with local colleges for EMT/Paramedic courses.
• Established “Firefighter of the Month” Program.
• Provided monitors in all fire stations for teleconferences.
• Partnered with AMR to create a scholarship to assist firefighters who are pursuing advanced credentials.
• Secured $1.2 million in funding for state-of-the-art platform ladder truck.
• Secured $1.8 million in funding for three additional fire engines.
• Secured $3 million in funding for essential equipment.

Jackson Police Department
• 400 sworn officers
• 268 civilian employees
• Department received Accreditation for the first time in its history.
• Joined U.S. Justice Department Violent Reduction Network (VRN) for a two-year commitment.
• Established Customer Service Follow-Up Report
• Established Command Staff Ride-Along Program
• Expanded “Chief’s Committee” to include input from rank-and-file and civilians
• Strengthened working relationship with Hinds County Sheriff’s Department to include joint Narcotics, Crime Prevention and SWAT operations.
• Established Intelligence Division and hired analyst.
• Community Improvement Division eliminated 87 abandoned structures in the City since Jan. 1. (Total number since 2014 is 240.)
• Expanded coalitions and partnerships with business owners, churches and apartment complexes through the Crime Prevention Unit.
• Police Recruit Class graduated from Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy.

Department of Human and Cultural Services
• Thalia Mara Hall revenue increased and attendance rose from 75,059 to 92,244.
• Launched Broadway series at Thalia Mara Hall.
• Hosted 29 piano recitals at the Municipal Art Gallery.
• Exhibited work of over 350 artists from major art clubs at the Municipal Art Gallery.
• Hosted two citywide town hall meetings for early childhood development providers within the City.
• Expanded the Project Read early literacy program at the childhood development centers by revising curriculum and training.
• Hosted first statewide collaborative Disability Awareness Conference with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, drawing 600 participants.
• Smith Robertson Museum received $20,000 Nissan Foundation Grant to complete the Woolworth lunch counter scene of May 1963.
• Completion of the first comprehensive exhibition on James Howard Meredith – “Am I or Am I not a Citizen.”
• Delivered more than 70,000 well-balanced nutritional meals to homebound seniors.
• Provided more than 44,000 meals at City senior centers.
• Americorps members prepared and distributed over 700 food boxes monthly to low income senior citizens, exceeding the original goal.
• Installed computer labs at all City senior and community centers, providing free technology access to Jackson citizens.
• 2016 Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Expo attracted 1,000 youth and 56 business vendors. Approximately 600 youth were employed through the program.

Department of Parks and Recreation
• Annual Easter Egg Hunt drew 1,400 participants.
• Staged “The Lion King” at Thalia Mara Hall.
• Red, White & Jackson Fireworks Extravaganza drew 3,500 participants.
• Trunk or Treat Harvest Carnival drew 3,500 participants.
• Presented “All City Dance Showcase” at Thalia Mara Hall, featuring eight dance companies.
• Provided mentoring programs at Grove Park and Jayne Avenue community centers.
• Provided fitness programs at Vergy P. Middleton Community Center.
• Hosted invitational championship titles for Judo and Jiu-Jitsu.
• Summer Enhancement Program at four locations for Jackson youth.
• Hosted “Green Light Special Yard Sale” at Grove Park Community Center.
• Secured federal funding to install rubberized surfacing at Poindexter Park and Flowers Park.
• Installed new playground unit and pavilion at Battlefield Park.

Personnel
• Implemented Taleo, a new applicant tracking system that allows applicants to apply for positions online 24 hours a day. The system eliminates manual processes and improves productivity and efficiency.
• Participated in four job fairs.
• Streamlined the City’s hiring process, in part, by revising the City’s Hiring Policy/Procedure.

Transparency
• Launched Open Data Portal, making government information and data more accessible to the public while helping to improve City of Jackson operations. The portal, data.jacksonms.gov, hosts 25 data sets related to the City budget, Infrastructure Master Plan, community improvement projects, public safety, economic growth, and mayoral goals.
• Launched Open Budget, a gateway that connects individuals directly to the City of Jackson's Operating Budget and Special Municipal Sales Tax (1% Sales Tax) funding at the line item budget level. This level of detail allows readers to review, compare, download, visualize, and analyze the budget in an easy to use format.

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