Shelbyville's city manager is looking back at accomplishments made over the past year and striving for new goals to attain in 2013.
Last December, city manager Jay Johnson asked each department head to identify five to seven goals for calendar year 2012.
It was the first time that the request had been made, and Johnson is making the challenge again this year -- asking that departments' goals be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.
"I view this as an opportunity to look ahead, to establish desired outcomes, and to acknowledge priorities," Johnson wrote in a memo to council members and department directors, adding that they will face both challenges and opportunities in the coming year.
"With the leadership of elected officials, the coordination by the Department Directors, and the effort of our employees, we will be dedicated to making the City of Shelbyville a great place to live, work and play in the year ahead," he wrote.
All of the goals are expected to be in Johnson's hands later this week.
Johnson told the T-G that for a first-time effort by the city's different departments, he is "really pleased" with the results, noting that the parks and recreation department had already listed how they went about accomplishing their goals in a report given to the city council earlier this month by director Sylvia Pinson.
Money was also approved by the city council earlier this year for the rehabilitation of the indoor pool, which is going very well, as well as renovations to Purdy Court Park. Johnson said that one of the recreation department's goals of 2013 will be the renovation of Never Rest Park.
The goals of the different departments were referred to several times throughout the year during budget meetings, with Johnson noting that just in the front office at city hall a new purchasing manual, which had not been updated in nearly two decades, was adopted, as well as an updated employee handbook.
Those were both goals set forth at this time last year that were accomplished, the city manager said, while also noting that staff turnovers, such as the departure of a codes official and Shelbyville planning and codes director, were unexpected.
"There are all these events and circumstances occurring through the year that changed the priorities sometimes," Johnson said.
The city's police department realized one of their goals this past year by having digital video systems with much greater clarity and quality than previous units installed in squad cars.
As for the city's fire department, they have expanded the number of staff that carry first responder qualifications, which has "really improved our ability to provide first responder service," Johnson said, also pointing out that members of the department received a lot of specialized training.
A new "mini-packer" garbage truck was purchased by the city's pubic works department, and while it may not mean a lot to the average citizen, that addition has "really increased" the department's efficiency and productivity, giving them flexibility they did not have before.
Also completed this past year was the complete rebuilding of Blue Ribbon Parkway, and Johnson said that a traffic signal for the intersection of Learning Way and Madison Street is slated to be working by next month. Repaving was also done on Stanley Boulevard and a portion of East Lane Street.
A considerable amount of drainage work was done over the past 12 months, with Johnson saying a citizen probably would not notice it unless it was done in their neighborhood. A major project was also done in the Cloverdale neighborhood, with a new concrete bottom installed and a reworking of embankments.
It also took most of the year to get background and planning work completed for over $3 million of work at the Shelbyville airport. Johnson said it was probably the most amount of money spent for capital improvements at the airport "in decades, and it will last for several decades more."
"All in all, I have been very pleased what was accomplished in 2012," Johnson said.