Strategic Goal No. 1: Land Use: Property Compliance – During the last seven years, 169 buildings have been brought into compliance with repair work completed by the owners. During the same time period, 153 substandard Irving buildings have been demolished due to the work of the Building and Standards Commission and associated city staff.
Strategic Goal No. 2: Vibrant Neighborhoods: Multifamily Property Inspection – The code enforcement focus on multifamily properties moves forward with the completion of a comprehensive inspection being conducted at the Oak Villas Apartments Jan. 7-11. Other participating departments included Fire, Inspections, and Police. The management company was notified of the findings in the inspection report. Many of the critical plumbing concerns including lack of hot water, sewer issues, and leaks have already been repaired. Code Enforcement will continue working closely with management to bring the property into compliance with the minimum code requirements.
Strategic Goal No. 4: Safe and Secure City: OEM Tabletop Exercise – On Feb. 25, the Office of Emergency Management hosted a table-top exercise at Valley View Municipal Center. This exercise combined employees from Water Utilities, Information Technology and Communications in a real-life scenario simulating a system outage. Employees worked together to find the strengths and weaknesses in their operations and bring systems back on-line. Through this exercise employees were able to implement their Continuity of Operations or COOP plan which allows their departments to continue providing services through emergency situations.
Strategic Goal No. 6: Effective Communication: Neighborhood Roundtable – The quarterly Neighborhood Roundtable was held on Jan. 22. More than 60 neighborhood officers representing 19 associations gathered to hear a presentation by City Manager Tommy Gonzalez. Roundtables allow neighborhood officers and board members to learn about city initiatives and provide an opportunity for networking between neighborhood associations.
Employee Town Hall Meeting – Celebration of the city’s historic receipt of the Malcolm A. Baldrige National Quality Award continued with a special Employee Town Hall Meeting on Jan. 29. Baldrige Performance Excellence Program Director Dr. Harry S. Hertz, who was a featured speaker at the 2013 State of the City event, lead 181 employees on an insightful and informative discussion on the significance of the prestigious award.