2001 Texas Municipal League Municipal Excellence Awards
(Over 25,000 population)
Communications - City of San Marcos
The City of San Marcos sees communication as an essential task of city government.In a world where the roles of municipal government are increasingly complex and constituencies more diverse, finding effective ways to tell the citys story to the public poses an ongoing challenge. A collaboration between many talented city officials resulted in the publication of a well-received annual report and community mailer that clearly states the City Councils mission to the citizenry and does so in an effective and visually pleasing manner.
Management Innovations - City of Pearland
Parks maintenance employees are entry-level, unskilled workers hired to maintain the grounds of city hall and other city property. These employees are hired with little formal education or training and have little opportunity for advancement.To address this issue, the city sent nine parks employees to a Horticulture class at Houston Community College. The city paid the tuition and allowed the employees to attend the classes during working hours.As a demonstration project, the employees built a rose garden on the grounds of city hall. Both the city and the employees have benefited. For completing the course, the employees earned a certificate and recognition in the employee newsletter.
Public Safety - City of Baytown
The Baytown Educational Action Team, better known as BEAT, teaches life and fire safety messages to children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade in entertaining and exciting ways. Through the use of props, skits, and some lovable fire safety clowns Steamer, Jammin Jim, Snozzle, Skid, and Chief Running Exit Baytown firefighters teach children important life-saving lessons in a way children can relate to. The program, known as BEAT Alley, is taught in Baytown area elementary schools during Fire Prevention Month. The action-packed hour-long program holds the childrens attention and has gained the recognition of school educators and parents.
City Spirit - City of Killeen
October 28, 2000, brought the City of Killeen and Fort Hood, the largest military installation in the world, together for Make A Difference Day.As a result of this get together, nearly 12,000 civilian and military volunteers supported more than 135 projects throughout the city and the Army post. These volunteers joined hands to build homes; repair and improve existing facilities that house a domestic violence shelter, soup kitchen, free medical clinic,homeless shelter and animal shelter;conduct drives for books, clothing and food to assist those in need; beautify city streets, churches, business, and schools; and much more. The volunteers represented every segment of the community individuals, schools, military units, civic clubs, churches, youth organizations, elected officials, and city employees.This is an example of city spirit at its best!
Public Works - City of LaPorte
Located on the west bank of Galveston Bay, the city has lost beach front in some areas as a result of subsidence and erosion. This has resulted in several streets that now dead-end into the bay. Working with citizens and the city council, city staff has developed an innovative approach to managing this undeveloped land. Vacant land along the bayfront is developed into small pocket parks that give safe, unimpeded access to the bay for residents. This approach has turned unused and neglected land that was once a maintenance headache into attractive areas for everyone to enjoy.
Additional information on the TML Municipal Excellence Awards Program can be obtained by calling Karla Vining at the TML offices, (512) 231-7400.