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Archive for November 2nd, 2010

It’s been a long time since I’ve felt inspired to tackle these keys. Truth is, I am engrossed by all that we are working on, so rather than editorializing, I’m running a list of projects that are in progress as I have done in the past. Again, it is not exhaustive; it is only the work of my office over the past six weeks.
It does not include all the projects each department works on independently.
I hope to break each of these points out in detail in the coming weeks, time permitting. I am very proud of the progress we’re making and continue to enjoy the daily challenges of this job.

Financial analysis/budget preparation: Municipal Solutions

Engineering/DPW departments: supervision
Water Distribution: hydrants, valves, mains, lines and laterals
– Market Street Hill: flow testing/strategy
– DeWitt and Collins Streets: $400K replacements

Bridge Street Reconstruction
Chalmers demolition
City Hall asbestos removal project
Hydrant flushing/winterization
Brookside fire: debris removal
Demolition: strategy for upcoming season
Grieme Avenue Bridge: asbestos removal
Riverlink Park Phase II: new bids
Steadwell Avenue deterioration/remedy
Hero Beechnut:
– $3M plus interest payment received!
– Broadway odor solutions

Public Safety Building:
– ADA compliance
– light fixture replacements
– smoke/CO2 alarms
Road Program: strategy
Dock Removal: Riverlink Park
DOT:
– traffic re-patterning
– RT5 reconstruction
Transportation:
– stimulus purchases/upgrades
$13M in upgrades at the Water Filtration and Waste Water Treatment Plants: nearing completion
AFSME labor management: employee issues/accountability
PESH training
Engineer search
Every week, this staff also addresses a barrage of issues and complaints due to our deteriorating systems: water leaks, sewer breaks, pot holes, collapsing hills and structures, etc. They attempt to manage this as immediately as possible. It’s an impossibly difficult job.

Policies:
– workplace violence prevention
– vehicle usage
– credit card usage
Zoning: Local Ordinance rewrite
Ethics: Local Ordinance rewrite

Promotion:
WMHT Our Town: City of Amsterdam documentary
AIDA/Economic Development
– State Data Center
– promotional materials distribution/strategies
– redevelopment strategies
Center for Economic Growth (CEG) membership
Urban Renewal Agency:
– revitalization strategies
– grants

BOA: Waterfront Heritage/North Shore revitalization

Codes Department Supervision
– technological upgrades: Red Alert system; networking/connectivity
– operational efficiency, inspections, tracking, reporting
– review permitting fees

Partnerships:
– Rivercrest: 208 Guy Park Avenue
– Amsterdam Literacy Zone Partnership/BOCES
– Montgomery County Habitat for Humanity: Executive Committee: PR Chair
– NYCOM Executive Committee: Finance Committee Chair
– Mayors of Montgomery County/MCCC
– NYSERDA seminar
– Annual Latino Upstate Summit: Centro Civico
– Crime Committee: discoveries
GASD:
– political science classes
– Roccastrada partnership

Neighborhood Association/Watch: organization

Downtown:
– RFP: grant facilitator
– Windows on Main

Beautification:
– Muralists: one mural complete, three others started
– 3,200 Flower Bulbs planted
– Markets St/Rt5 Island cleaned up

City Hall Relocation Committee

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