Newly appointed city administrator David Milliron said there are a lot of initiatives and developments on the horizon for the city.
Milliron, who was formerly the treasurer and chief financial officer for the city, was appointed to the vacant city administrator position earlier this month by the city council.
One of the new initiatives the city is currently working on is a quarter million dollar upgrade to the city’s software, which is 20 years old and dated.
“The public will be able to look at their utility bill-paying history, pay online, look at the check registry every day to see where we’re spending our money,” Milliron said.
Not only does this increase efficiency, but it beefs up the city’s transparency.
“You’re going to see a very huge change in the way the city operates,” Milliron said.
The city council recently approved its 2013 budget, which includes funding for 12 new city positions, many of them key executive positions such as a city planner, a public works director and an economic development director.
“Because of my background as treasurer and CFO, I was able to, over the past year, save 10s of 1000s of dollars by mainstreaming government,” as well as other measures to reduce spending Milliron said.
A city planner will help expedite plans and projects, a public works director will ensure efficient sanitation and services are provided to residents and an economic development director will help reconstitute a downtown development authority, create a city business association and help bring in new development.
With a tumultuous past several months that ended with the ousting of former Mayor Lee Stuart, Milliron is not blind to the fact the city has experienced some negative exposure.
But the tide is turning.
“It’s like a breath of fresh air,” he said. “People are smiling, the stress isn’t there. The staff members really support the direction the city is going.”