City performance measured in Coon Rapids

The city of Coon Rapids will be taking part in a voluntary performance reporting program for cities and counties established by the 2010 Minnesota Legislature.

The Legislature created the Council on Local Results and Innovation (CLRI), which initiated the program last year.

Coon Rapids was a participant in 2011 and receives reimbursement from the state of 14 cents per capita, some $8,600, for its involvement.

According to Assistant City Manager Matt Stemwedel, to participate in the program, the city must file a report with the State Auditor’s office by July 1.

This report must include a resolution approved by the council – that occurred June 19 – committing the city to develop and implement a performance measurement system and to provide data for a minimum of 10 performance measures that have been put in place by the CLRI, Stemwedel said.

“The city has developed the tools necessary to participate in the program in 2012,” he said.

A major source of the information will come from the community survey, whose results will be given to the city before the end of June, Stemwedel said.

The city will also report the data publicly by the end of the year through the city’s website and/or other means, to comply with an additional program requirement, he said.

Performance measures include:

• Rating the overall quality of services provided by the city.

• Citizens rating of overall appearance of the city.

• Police department part I and II crime rates, police response time or citizens rating of safety into their community.

• Insurance rating of fire service, fire response time or citizens rating of fire protection quality.

• Average city street pavement condition rating or citizens rating of road conditions in the city or citizens rating of snow plowing of city streets.

• Citizens rating on the dependability and quality of city water supply and sanitary sewer service.

• Citizens rating of the quality of city recreational programs and parks/trails.

“City staff is also developing an internal performance measurement program to meet the program’s requirement for implementing a performance measurement system,” Stemwedel said.

Information about this process will be discussed with the council at a future retreat or work session before implementation this year and throughout 2013, he said.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]