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    Council Reviews and Lauds Progress on Strategic Goals

    City Manager Joyce Wilson and executive staff briefed the Mayor and City Council late last week on the organization's response in 2006 to the City Council's ambitious strategic policy goals.

    Highlights included:
    • Establishment of all key financial policies and adherence to strict financial governance and oversight
    • Full implementation of internal audit function
    • Implementation of customer service feedback mechanisms and citywide survey
    • Development of new customer service mission statement
    • Implementation of new recruitment and training strategies with a customer service focus
    • Revamped neighborhood service focus - leadership academy, renewed focus on new neighborhood associations, conservation and revitalization efforts, new ordinance with enhanced notification
    • Launch of a new brand and image campaign
    • Progress on a host of major land use policies - open space, subdivision code, zoning ordinance rewrite, landscape ordinance revisions, etc.
    • Roll out of new Museum and Cultural Affairs Program
    • Revamped all economic development efforts and partnerships
    All this occurred while city leaders and staff focused almost exclusively on the continuous Storm 2006 response and recovery that has dominated the City's agenda since August of '06. Work will continue on behalf of City staff to assist in the further realization of the Council's established Strategic Policy Goals.

    The complete update given by executive staff on the progress of the Strategic Goals will soon be available on the City's website: www.elpasotexas.gov



    Upcoming City Meetings & Events:
    • For a listing of City Meetings, City Council Meetings or community meetings.
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    • To find out what City events are happening in a neighborhood near you, visit the City Events Calendar.


    Major Issues:
    • City Charter Review and Update
      Recently, the Mayor and City Council agreed to undertake a review of the City's Charter and to determine whether to call for a Charter election in May 2007 along with the City Council district elections.
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    • New Zoo Director Comes On-Board
      New El Paso Zoo Director Steve Marshall has arrived!
      Read more...


    Public Safety & Health:
    • Interim Director Appointed for City-County Health & Environmental District
      Dr. Robert Galvan was recently appointed to serve as the interim director for the El Paso City-County Health & Environmental District.
      Read more...


    • Preparing for Bird Flu
      Learn more about the facts on Bird Flu from the attached article prepared by the El Paso City County Health and Environmental District.
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    • Carbon Monoxide: How to Protect Yourself
      Every year, winter leaves carbon monoxide poisonings and deaths in its path. Carbon monoxide, also known as the Silent Killer, is a tasteless, odorless and colorless poisonous gas.
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    • Upcoming Dates for Pet Care-A-Van: Dog and Cat Spay/Neuter Services
      Services are being offered at the following locations on the upcoming dates
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    Development & Infrastructure:
    • Downtown Construction Update: Current Projects Underway
      As part of the ongoing efforts in the City initiative addressing the major reconstruction of streets in the downtown area, construction began on the second segment of Franklin from Mesa to Campbell on Monday, January 15, 2006.
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    • Update: Curbside Recycling Program
      When does it start? What is the timeline?
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    • 2006 Northeast Master Plan Amendment Approved
      During the City Council Meeting of January 9, 2007, a change to the City's long-range comprehensive plan, The Plan for El Paso, was approved. The El Paso Water Utilities has proposed this change in their Master Plan for 6,900 acres in the Northeast.
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    • Local Developer and The Frontera Land Alliance Team Up with City
      Local Developer and The Frontera Land Alliance Team Up with CityOver the years, stormwater flowing from El Cajon Drive had carved deep gullies into the wall of the canyon, and this erosion was greatly expanded by the intense storm events of 2006.
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    Transportation:
    • 35 Natural-Gas Powered Buses on Schedule of Delivery
      35 Natural-Gas Powered Buses on Schedule of Delivery35 Natural-Gas Powered Buses on Schedule for Delivery
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    • Sun Metro Recognized Employee at Mass Transit Board Meeting for Heroic Efforts
      Sun Metro Recognized Employee at Mass Transit Board Meeting for Heroic EffortsSun Metro recognized one of its Coach Operators, Alejandro Lugo, for his heroic efforts at the Mass Transit Board Meeting, Tuesday, November 28, 2006.
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    Quality of Life:
    • El Paso Museum of Art Exhibitions
      Patterns of Progress: Bird's-Eye Views of Texas includes important portraits of cities in Texas from the 19th century.
      Read more...
    • Parks and Recreation Centers around the city offer activities for all ages. Join in on the fun!
      Parks and Recreation Centers Around the City Offer Activities for All Ages. Join in on the fun and take advantage of all the activities Parks and Recreation has to offer!
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    • Flashdance 2007
      Jazz Dance Groups from High Schools to Perform at annual event
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    • Enjoy Swimming at a Parks & Rec Facility Near You!
      The Aquatics section of Parks and Recreation would like to announce that the next session of Learn to Swim starts February 5th.
      Read more...
    • U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Congratulates the City of El Paso
      The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) conducted its annual review of the City of El Paso's Consolidated Annual Plan Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Program Year 2005-2006.
      Read more...
    • El Paso Zoo snakes are getting a new home!!
      Demolition begins at the Reptile House in the El Paso Zoo

      El Paso Zoo snakes are getting a new home!!<br>Demolition begins at the Reptile House in the El Paso ZooThis building, in the Americas section of the Zoo, housed snakes, both venomous and non-venomous, and other reptiles such as a Gila monster, red sliders and an "alligator snapping turtle." (That's a turtle - not an alligator). The reptile building will be replaced and should be ready in about a year.
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    • El Paso Zoo Volunteer Recognition Banquet
      The El Paso Zoo Annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet will take place on Saturday, February 17th at 6:30 p.m. at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino in the Signature Room.
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    • El Paso Zoo participates in Fan Fiesta 2006
      El Paso Zoo participates in Fan Fiesta 2006It's Sun Bowl time! The El Paso Zoo had one of the booths at the Brut Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta on December 28th 2006 at the Convention Center.
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    • Neighborhood Leadership Academy Participants Recognized
      Neighborhood Leadership Academy Participants RecognizedThe El Paso Zoo has one of the booths at the Brut Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta on December 28th 2006 at the Convention Center.
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    • Neighborhood Services Helps to Clean-up Neighborhoods
      Neighborhood Services Helps to Clean-up Neighborhoods The Community and Human Development's Neighborhood Services Division has been working diligently to make progress to preserve and renew neighborhoods citywide.
      Read more...


    Financial & Administrative Services:
    • City Offers Information on How New General Homestead Exemption Will be Administered
      With the approval and announcement of the new general homestead exemption being offered by the City of El Paso entity, city officials would like to advise property tax payers of what they need to do in order to receive the exemption.
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