If you missed the Citizen Engagement meeting on Wednesday, September 28, you can still make your voice heard! The Library, Park & Recreation, and Civil & Human Rights Departments presented priorities for the upcoming fiscal year at the meeting. You can read the presentation and take the survey below. Let it be known what your priorities are for the future of the City of Des Moines. This survey closes October 7.
During the meeting, Library Director Greg Heid gave an explanation for the Library’s priorities:
Improve access to library facilities – Each library branch would be open Monday-Saturday. Currently, each branch is closed one weekday a week. This would restore Library hours to the level they were at in 2008, including restored Sunday hours.
Expand selection of books – This restores the Library materials budget to the level it was at in 2008.
Enhance usability of branch libraries – This allows the Library to upgrade heating and air systems as well as maintain library facilities to allow for maximum enjoyment by library patrons.
Expand community outreach services – This would bring more library services and programs outside library walls and into the community.
Expand technology and computer services – This allows for increased access to computers and the internet. It also allows for more much-needed instruction of computer and technology skills.
No change in service levels – No change in service levels.
Each initiative has a dollar amount next to it. That amount is equivalent to what that initiative would cost annually for a family that owns a $107,000 home.
It is important that you rank items for all three Departments: Library, Park & Recreation, and Civil & Human Rights.
This survey is a ranked survey. Place the options in the order you prefer from top-to-bottom, with your most preferred option on top. To move each option, click-and-drag the bar up or down. Once you are satisfied with your rankings, click SUBMIT. Then click NEXT on the bottom right part of the page to move to the next series of initiatives. Again, it is important that you rank items for all three Departments: Library, Park & Recreation, and Civil & Human Rights.