It has been said, "Few can be successful unless others want them to succeed."
Needless to say, any accomplishment highlighted is a result of a team effort.
As a leader, I have always found it easier to celebrate the accomplishments of my team rather than my part in them. As Mayor, our residents expect and deserve to understand the many accomplishments we have celebrated together since taking office.
There are still more challenges to be faced, conversations to have and accomplishments to be made, but it's also important to acknowledge the results which have propelled us forward in the past four years.
⁃ Through the implementation of the CompStat approach to policing, the City of Nampa has lowered part one crime rates 30.5% since implemented in 2018.
⁃ Through the increase in impact fees, funds are being collected for Fire Station 6 and future capital needs in the Police Department.to asking entire city to find through bonds.
- Implemented the Nampa Ready emergency committee to guide our community through the pandemic.
⁃ With new business development and the continued growth of our existing businesses, we are experiencing the availability of more jobs and increased wages.
- During the pandemic, the City of Nampa supported local small business with access to $500,000 of additional CARES funds to offset the impact of COVID on their business.
- The City partnered with the Chamber of Commerce to offer webinars with important information and access to Federal and State COVID assistant funds.
- Companies new to Nampa, such as Amazon, Autovol, CXT, Inc. and more, offer higher starting wages to move people out of poverty.
⁃ Improved organizational performance and increased quality controls.within the City.
⁃Implemented the Ready Team, to bring the Development Services Departments (Economic Dev., Planning and Zoning, Building Services, Police and Fire) together to collaborate on new development projects. The goal being to better serve the building community.
⁃ Implimented the Position Control Committee to guide and approve requested new positions and changes in positions.
⁃ In an effort to provide for long term space needs of the city, consolidating work environents, while improving efficiences and service to our citizens, the City of Nampa purchased a bank building. This purchase provided office space at pennies on the dollar compared to new construction.
⁃ Finalized the Wastewater Treatment Plant project and received funding via the State Revolving Loan program to achieve the EPA/IDEQ requirements. With anticipated rate increases, Nampa continues to have some of the lowest overall water rates in Valley compared to region average.
⁃ We are continuing to work on the purchase of Nampa's golf courses to ensure permanent open space on terms where revenue will fund operations with no property tax subsidies.
SMARTER LAND USE:
⁃ Bold steps to explore our planning/zoning related to storage units and to make smarter decisions about how we grow.
⁃ Updated Comprehensive Plan to 2040
⁃ Held a number of combined City Council/Planning & Zoning meetings to unify strategy on land use.
⁃ Implemented a Fiscal Impact Study to help guide growth decisions at the City Council and Planning & Zoning level.
- Reviewed Nampa's policy related to density, held numerous community meetings to identify recommended changes to Nampa's code.
⁃ Continued pathway expansion.
⁃ Impact fee funded buildout of new destination parks with more fields and services.
⁃ Reenergized the BID Board and launched the MainStreet Board to focus on the success of Nampa's Downtown.
- Identified funding for a Downtown Coordinator to help move the downtown development foward.
⁃ Identified funding opportunities/strategies to buildout the sidewalk on 1st St in Downtown Nampa.
⁃ Conducted RFP for Legal and Food & Beverage services.
⁃ Transition of Planning & Zoning to be coupled with Building department.
⁃ Established an Alcohol Review Committee to maintain a safer community.
Overall, Nampa is a safer city, with lower crime rates, more employment opportunities and higher wages, even after experiencing one of the most difficult years in our history due to the pandemic.
We are becoming a safe and healthy community where people prosper.
Mayor Debbie Kling shares the latest accomplishments from the City of Nampa, addresses challenges and shares future projects of focus for the community at the 2021 State of the City address.
Mayor Kling also celebrated the "founding" of Nampa 135 years with a special anniversary video highlighting Nampa's people and progress through the years.