Solid waste Services
Continued to implement carts in solid waste services. This change decreased the cost of solid waste services and eliminated dumpsters in front yards of residences.
Parks & Rec
Continued work on the Parks and Rec Master Plan including exploring the idea of developing some park areas to produce revenue that would support park maintenance.
Bulk trash program
Continued to operate the Bulk Trash program that allows citizens to place large trash items on their front curb and the city will pick it up at no charge in 24-48 hours. Reduced the wait time in alley cleanups from 18 months to ___ days. ?
utility billing software
Completed Utility Billing software update to bill drainage fees to occupants of the property vs. owners of the property.
Created the Barrio Neighborhood Plan and the San Jacinto Neighborhood Plan.
Thompson Park Pool
Designed Thompson Park Swimming Pool and issued bonds to pay for construction
Secured 0% interest rate on $1M of grant funds toward the cost of replacing all water meters in the city (70k+) (complete in 2022) with new digital meters. The new meters will conserve water, allow customers to track water usage on their phone, increase accuracy of water bills, and create a digital network across the city for use by other departments (traffic for light sensors, 911 for emergency services).
Conducted community roundtables (20+ industries), systems for long-term care of public health, small business grant programs that helped local businesses with $550k+ of COVID Relief Funding Grants for Small Businesses. In addition to $160k+ in Public Safety Reimbursement Program PPE grants – still accepting requests. Drive-thru testing center (operated 6 months; tested 7,725 citizens at no cost).
Grant funds acquired to build a new bus station more centrally located in the city to improve routes and overall transit user experience. The new station will be a multimodal transit station and partner with Greyhound Bus for better access to city-wide and out of city travel by bus.
Worked with local citizens and organizations to study the needs of the existing Civic Center. Proposed a $275 million dollar bond to renovate and expand the Civic Center in order to compete for conventions and concerts in Amarillo.
Participated and listened to citizens’ concerns about racial relations and social justice. Created the Taskforce for Greatness to continue conversations about these issues and recommend changes needed in our city.
Worked with local citizens to study the needs of our existing city charter. Recommended two ballot propositions to amend the City Charter to stagger council member terms, increase terms to 4 years, and remove the weekly meeting requirement.
Reorganize and rebrand the Convention and Visitor’s Council into the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Complete rework of its bylaws and budget as a stand-alone organization.