As we enter a new fiscal year, we are determined to maintain our City’s amazing quality of life even as the regional economy slows.With this budget we begin to shift -- from focusing on building an amazing community to ensuring long-term fiscal and resource stability. The economy is cyclical.We enjoyed the benefits of the real estate boom over the past several years, and now we are experiencing the effects of the recent slowdown.
Our challenge is to continue to accomplish amazing results without growing our budget.Cost containment measures have been implemented to reduce the overall number of vehicles and equipment costs and to hold maintenance and operational expenses to FY 2007 levels.Our departments continue to accomplish more for our growing city without growing their budgets.In fact, for the new fiscal year, which began July 1, the City as a whole will continue to maintain its superior facilities and provide its excellent services and amenities while opening new facilities, staging great events and revitalizing our downtown and historic districts.
The new Martha Riley Community Library will open this November as part of a state-of-the-art complex in West Roseville. The library is the City’s first LEED-certified building—constructed using the highest environmental standards. The complex will also house a leading-edge Roseville Utilities Exploration Center, and a high-tech public-access television studio.
We now have 55 parks, including one of the region’s few cricket fields, and we will soon break ground on a new indoor swimming pool near the Nugget Market east of Highway 65.This fall, we will begin working with the community to raise funds for one of the region’s few universal-access playgrounds to offer children of all abilities a safe and fun place to play. We intend to add more universally accessible playgrounds in the future.
In August, Fire Station 7 opens near Pleasant Grove Boulevard and Highway 65.This will help kick off a fall celebration of the Roseville Fire Department’s centennial.Festivities include a fire muster drill next month in Royer Park and a gala event on November 3rd where our Roseville Fire Department’s history video will be premiered.
The Sacramento Capitals team tennis has had a wildly successful first season in Roseville. The championships will take place at the end of July.Attendance has surpassed and the Capitals’ expectations, and we are thrilled they will return for the next four years.
The Capitols stadium shares space at the Galleria, which is undergoing extensive expansion. Nearly 100 new stores are coming, along with thousands of new parking spaces and traffic improvements to the surrounding roadways
If you’ve taken a walk around the historic district and downtown, you’ve probably noticed the many improvements underway. We’re also installing new sidewalks, undergrounding utilities, and improving the streetscape and hope to see all of you downtown for shopping and dining.
Visiting downtown will be easier with 500 new parking spaces in the city’s parking garage.The four-story garage opens in September with free parking and the Blue Line Art Gallery on street level.
Looking at what we’ve accomplished inspires us to imagine what more we could achieve.
In Roseville, we have a legacy of dreaming big. The visionary leadership shown by previous mayors and city council members has brought us the quality of life and economic success we enjoy today. And we continue to dream big.
Our region’s long-term viability relies on an educated workforce, so we will continue efforts to attract a four-year university.This would produce 10,000 jobs, and have a positive annual economic impact of $630 million.
Part of dreaming big includes this region becoming known as the world’s center for the clean technology industry. I would like businesses to clamor to be located in the Sacramento area.We are already leading the way to promote solar as a way of life. I would like for the next great ideas to solve the world’s energy needs to come from our talented students and workforce.
Our past and future as a city will be celebrated in a BIG way in 2009 as we mark our 100th anniversary.We hope to kickoff the yearlong centennial celebration by participating in the Tournament of Roses Parade. I invite you to get involved in the Centennial Committee just approved by City Council to help plan our centennial activities and make this once in a lifetime event one to remember.
We’re growing responsibly with unparalleled levels of service. We’re looking forward to maturing as a City and serving the needs of our customers. We’re dreaming big so that when our grandchildren celebrate the next milestone in our City’s history, they admire our work today to use what we need and preserve what we don’t.
I am optimistic that by dreaming big, amazing things will continue to happen. I am encouraged when I look out at all of you—my friends, my colleagues, and those I have yet to meet—because I know all of you care as much about Roseville as I do.I am honored that you joined me today, and I thank you for the privilege of serving as your Mayor.