2022 will be a busy year for the Milpitas City Council.
With over 60 possible agenda items planned for the year, the Council needed a way to decide what should be prioritized. This idea of prioritization started back in January of 2021, when the City staff was asked to bring forth item requests to Council for consideration.
After reviewing almost 100 items, Council organized the items into four groups.
Group one items are in need of additional resources and require more than four hours of the staff’s time; these items are what Council is asked to prioritize out of all the groups. Group one items are also separated into three sub-groups: Ordinances and Policies, Projects and Programs, and Miscellaneous.
Group two items are in need of additional resources but require less than four hours of the staff’s time.
Group three items are already underway. Finally, group four items have been either completed or postponed.
Due to group one being the most prioritized, Council was tasked with taking a vote on the 35 items in the Group and further prioritizing them in a list of 10 items.
The vote was taken through the Council’s mobile devices on January 11, 2022.
All of the items that received three or more votes were to be put on the prioritization list.
However, after round one there were only three items put on the list.
Due to there not being a top 10, Council moved on to round two. In round two, Council was once again tasked with voting for up to 10 items; all items not on the prioritization list were showcased. From round two, one item was added to the list. For round three, items that were not voted on by anybody and thus had zero votes were dropped.
In the end, it took seven rounds to get to a top 10 list.
The item with the most votes (a total of five), was a recreation item to put forth Park Champions. With Park Champions in place, City staff will be able to have two volunteers in each Milpitas park, there to report any non-emergency issues through the MyMilpitas App.
Two items also received more votes than average (both with a total of four). One of these items was to create a referral for new building limits around the Milpitas hillside or have plans to enhance the current restrictions that have already been put in place. The other item was for an outdoor Music Ordinance for Milpitas businesses. The Council plans to research other cities to see what the general criteria is for regulating outdoor music for businesses.
The rest of the items, all with three votes, include: a summer roller skate program, donating old items from the fire department, murals for pillars on Main Street, a bust of Maria Lemery and a picture of Albert Vicak, Sr., on the Senior Center Thriving Legacy Mural, a Saturday Senior Center opening hours pilot, appreciation gifts for city commissioners, and increasing the number of commission members on Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources from seven to nine.
With these items, Council hopes to bring forth further innovation and continue to improve our city throughout the year and beyond.