Oh McDonald Had a Goal E-I-E-I-O

March 1, 2015 at 11:13 pm Leave a comment

By Andrew Richter

You have to love the high standards and objectiveness of the New Hope City Council. Once again, just like last year, they have the greatest city bureaucrat in the history of Western Civilization! Their city manager Kirk McDonald has “revised” his 2015 goals! Don’t worry it’s nothing we haven’t heard before. Listen to these “hard-hitting goals”:

Coordinate on redevelopment projects as well as include commissioners and public in review of projects to earn their feedback. Projects include the completion of Compass Pointe apartments, Hy-Vee grocery store, infrastructure and streetscape improvements on Xylon and 45th avenues, pursue phase two of City Center redevelopment,  Centra Homes development, police department and city hall space needs, scattered site housing program. In addition, McDonald plans to accomplish more projects and coordinate business expansions.

All right! Give us that high density housing and spend as much money as possible!

Complete 2015 infrastructure improvements utilizing new pavement management strategy. Projects include coordinating Xylon and 45th avenues improvements, working with Hennepin County on resurfacing Winnetka Ave., installing a quiet zone along rail crossing, working with Joint Water Commission cities on emergency back-up water supply and determining solution to watermain repair, researching DeCola Ponds and Medicine Lake Road flooding, continuing coordination on 2016 projects such as Northwood Lake storm water improvements and Highway 169 noise 

Projects, projects, projects. Like I always say, there are too many projects going on at once!

Maintain police and public safety as a high priority. He hopes to fill vacant officer positions while also considering new hires before retirements occur. McDonald will proceed with introducing a community services and prevention analyst position at the department. Replacement of equipment is also expected for 2015.wall, continuing routine capital improvement plan projects.

Public safety as a high priority? Why wouldn’t it be? City government has two responsibilities; public safety and infrastructure. And it also looks like New Hope is about to do some hiring; “fill vacant officer positions and introducing a community services and prevention analyst position at the department.”

Continue close coordination with West Metro Fire-Rescue District. McDonald has a well-working partnership with Fire Chief Sarah Larson which will carry on for years to come. He also plans to address the fire board’s priorities.

As required by the West Metro Fire Board Joint Powers Agreement.

Remain with a four-year computer replacement program to improve technological resources, consider implementing iPads for management team to expand paperless agenda initiative and identify options for additional IT resources.

As always, government puts everything on a time schedule and replaces it whether it needs replacing or not.

Maintain communications and keep the council informed on issues and projects in addition to keeping communications open with Met Council, Hennepin County, Robbinsdale Area Schools, legislators and neighboring cities. Each year McDonald aims to provide a positive work environment and be a positive representative of the city.

Maintain communication? Shouldn’t you communicate with your boss?

There are of course a few others but you get the picture here; same old crap, nothing hard, nothing new. How about a goal to cut government spending? How about televising or recording work sessions? How about telling the Met Council to shove it?

Perhaps more disturbing is the complete sucking up to him by the council;

Before the council voted, McDonald made a few comments. “If the council has additional feedback I’m certainly open to revisions otherwise would recommend a motion approving the goals for 2015 so I can start working on them,” he said. Jokingly Mayor Kathi Hemken chimed in, “You haven’t started yet?” McDonald assured Hemken he had already begun. “Oh good,” Hemken said with a laugh. “We’re twelve days in. You should be”

Where’s my barf bucket?

Councilmember John Elder joined in saying he was surprised McDonald had not already finished all his goals.

I’m surprised he hasn’t walked on water or parted the Red Sea!

The council had no concerns regarding McDonald’s goals as he usually completes them or at minimum makes progress throughout the year. The council provided unanimous approval.

As they did last year and the year before and no doubt will next year.




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