Key Issues Report

Pay As you Throw (PAYT) Roll Out
Staff has coordinated with City Council members and has scheduled community meetings in each of the ten City Council districts to educate residents on the upcoming PAYT roll-out. The meetings will be completed after the FY 2016 Budget adoption on September 17 and before September 30, 2015. The roll out will begin on October 1, 2015. Dates, times and locations of meetings are listed below:

Date Council District Location Time
Thursday, September 10 District 7 Maverick Library 6:30pm
Monday, September 14 District 9 Brook Hollow Library 6:30pm
Tuesday, September 15 District 8 Cody Library 6:30pm
Wednesday, September 16 District 6 Great Northwest Library 6:30pm
Thursday, September 17 District 2 Carver Library 6:30pm
Monday, September 21 District 5 Bazan Library 6:30pm
Monday, September 21 District 10 Northeast Service Center 7:00pm
Tuesday, September 22 District 3 Mission Library 6:30pm
Monday, September 28 District 1 Westfall Library 6:30pm
Tuesday, September 29 District 4 Cortez Library 6:30pm

Mailings notifying of all public hearings and proposed zoning and land use designations were postmarked September 2 and mailed to 7,400 property owners located within the FY 2015 IH-10 West annexation area.

World Heritage Update
The Convention and Visitors Bureau World Heritage advertising campaign is creating awareness. From launch date of July 5 through August 2, there have been 18,000 page views of the World Heritage website landing page, as a result of the advertising initiative. Top countries visiting the page, in addition to the United States, include the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Japan, Germany and China. Digital advertising has garnered 7.3 million impressions and the Missions/World Heritage video has over 3 million views.  The website is:

National Senior Center Month
In recognition of 2015 national Senior Center Month, the Department of Human Services (DHS) will coordinate various events to showcase the City’s 8 Comprehensive Senior Centers throughout the month of September. Each Center will host an open house during the month with special activities to promote a positive image of aging and highlight the valuable programs, activities and services offered. Key goals of the open houses include outreach to new and senior participants; connecting seniors to area resources; and showcasing each Centers unique programs, activities and culture.

The Grand Opening for the 2012 bond funded Northeast Senior Center is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on October 30, 2015. The Department of Human Services is coordinating logistics and agenda. Construction is on schedule to be substantially complete on October 2. DHS will transition participants from the former NE Senior Center to the new center immediately after the Grand Opening, with the first full day of service beginning November 2.

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