A regional dispatch center, the opening of the Carousel of Dreams and starting infrastructure improvements in the city's proposed industrial development Urban Growth Area were among the goals Kennewick City Manager Marie Mosley plans to focus on in the next two years.
Mosley outlined the proposed city manager and city department directors' 2013-14 goals to Kennewick City Council on Tuesday.
For public safety, the management team will focus on getting a regional dispatch system by the end of 2014, Mosley said.
The cities, counties and fire districts in Benton and Franklin counties have been discussing combining Franklin County's dispatch center and SECOMM, or Southeast Communications Center.
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A recent consultant's study suggested joining the two dispatch centers and BIPIN, or the Bicounty Police Information Network, could save thousands of dollars and improve services.
Mosley said another goal is to complete the Steptoe Street and Hildebrand Boulevard extensions. City officials have said this will connect the Southridge area off Highway 395 in south Kennewick with the rest of the city.
Mosley said the city also will work with the Kennewick Public Facilities District on a plan for the Three Rivers Entertainment District campus.
Also on the to-do list is considering a metropolitan park district, part of the city's effort to find new revenue for current services, Mosley said.
Voters could create such a district that could collect a property tax of up to 75 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to pay for parks, including maintenance, improvement and acquisition, city officials have said. That could generate up to $3.8 million a year if the entire amount is approved.
And Kennewick Mayor Steve Young said he hopes to see Benton County cities cooperate to form a single business license, so a business only has to get one to do business in any of the cities.
This is a challenge contractors run into the most, he said. The cities would have to agree on what to charge and who gets what part of the fee.
Then, Benton County would need to add a stamp of approval, Young said.