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2018 State of the City Highlights

Updated on 03/02/2018 11:48 AM

 

Mayor Ron Jensen presented his State of the City address at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce event on March 1, 2018.

2017 in Review

  1. IKEA opened in Grand Prairie expanding U.S. presence
  2. Parks won NRPA Gold Medal for best parks in nation
  3. Fire response was ranked an ISO 1, tops in country
  4. Began expansion of Prairie Paws Animal Shelter
  5. Formed a Police Bicycle Unit to patrol hotspots
  6. Code compliance and police officers added body-worn cameras
  7. Celebrated Fire Department's 100th anniversary
  8. Began relocation of utilities for I-20 frontage roads from SH 161 to Belt Line Rd.
  9. Renewed by vote the 1/4 cent sales tax for street improvements for 8 years
  10. Began Traffic Signal Box Art Program in which artists will paint or graphically wrap designated Traffic Signal Boxes all around town

2017 Awards

  • Achieved Texas Library Association Libraries Change Communities Award
  • Received 3CMA President’s Award for Best Marketing Campaign and Savvy Best in Nation award for Library’s “Educate. Everyone.”
  • Farmers Market ranked #1 in Texas by American Farmland Trust
  • Named one of Top 50 in U.S. Best Place to Raise a Family by WalletHub.com
  • Received Government Treasurer’s Organization of Texas award for city’s Finance Department
  • Achieved Automotive Service Excellence Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition for city’s Equipment Services
  • Named a Playful City USA
  • Selected as a Hall of Fame winner by The Knot, the leading wedding magazine and website
  • Snagged the Texas Association of Convention & Bureau People’s Choice Award for Local Awareness: Tourism Division Hotel Bus Tours
  • Honored with Convention and Visitor Bureau Partner of the Year from the Dallas County Hotel Association
  • GPPD Citizens on Patrol won the 2017 Membership of the Year Award

2017  Accomplishments

  • Attained CAPRA certification for Parks and Recreation
  • Implemented community policing in our retail areas
  • Continued construction of the Epic megarecreation center
  • Continued SH 360 extension to US 287
  • Began expansion of Tony Shotwell Library
  • Designed Warmack Library expansion
  • Increased Library program attendance by 79% from FY 2016 with a total attendance of 94,323 in FY 2017
  • Achieved “Family Place Library" status at Main Library
  • Added a 3D printer at Main Library, thanks to a Friends of the Library donation
  • Increased Summer Reading Club participation, with citizens reading 115,390 hours in 2017, a 26% increase from 2016
  • Opened a Free Little Library book box, compliments of the Friends of the Library, on the Estes Peninsula
  • Began remodel and expansion of Charley Taylor Recreation Center
  • Hosted state Arbor Day
  • Partnered with Dallas County Jail to provide dogs for Home for Hounds training
  • Installed new traffic signals at: N.E. Green Oaks and Riverside; IKEA and Mayfield Rd; Roy Orr and Oakdale; England Pkwy at Lake Ridge Pkwy; Lake Ridge Pkwy at S. Grand Peninsula; Camp Wisdom and Lynn Rd; MacArthur Blvd
  • Upgraded city’s Traffic Management Center video wall
  • Launched lockbox program for fire and police access to senior adults living alone or adults with medical issues
  • Introduced Police Eagle Eye Camera Program in which residents may register their home security cameras with police to aid in crime investigations
  • Implemented a Police Case Processing Office to reduce officer and detective administrative time
  • Implemented a Family Violence Lethality Assessment program to help reduce family violence and recidivism
  • Passed a convenience store/dollar store ordinance to improve safety, prevent crime, and increase criminal prosecutions at these locations
  • Implemented the “Two-Way Street” program with GPISD, to promote respect and safety during interactions between youth and the police
  • Assisted the Houston Police Department with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts
  • Implemented a SRO K-9 Program toward more effective drug detection in schools
  • Installed Highway Memorial Signs for Lyndon King and Greg Hunter on I-30 and I-20
  • Implemented “Week in the Life of a GPPD Recruit” videos to better educate our public on police recruit training
  • Overhauled Planning and Development Review process, making it more efficient
  • Reimagined and opened the “Trunk Stop”, a gift shop on the prairie, at the Tourist Center
  • Upgraded and recreated the City’s GIS map application to enhance features available for public use and make the city’s public GIS maps available on mobile devices for the first time
  • Implemented MicroMain software system, a work order management tool for the city’s Facility Services
  • Enhanced city digital security for better protection from the outside world by implementing McAfee ePO software on a new server
  • Changed management at our Airport’s Radial Café, now serving breakfast and lunch
  • Reminded residents to trim trees “14’ high to let us by” for easy access by high profile vehicles, like fire trucks
  • Introduced “Future Builders” program partnering the city’s Housing Department and GPISD students in the building trades to build homes for low income families
  • Increased Homestead Exemption from $5,000 to $10,000
  • Extended Oakdale Rd to Roy Orr Blvd.
  • Repaired, improved 42 miles of roadway
  • Landed auto parts maker Flex N’ Gate, who acquired a 430,000-square-foot facility on I-20 to house its $140 million manufacturing equipment and 600 new employees
  • Grand Prairie’s Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control designed the new U.S. missile defense system that protects America
  • Coca-Cola awarded the Grand Prairie Dasani Water Plant its new SmartWater production line and is investing $33 million in the 25,000-square-foot expansion
  • Implementation of award-winning electronic Onboarding for city job applicants
  • Achieved a flood control Community Rating System (CRS) score of 5, which represents a 25% discount on flood insurance policies
  • Installed automated gates for water over road on Carrier Parkway using a FEMA grant
  • Installed motors for the Dorchester Levee gates using a FEMA grant
  • Developed a flood forecasting tool to aide city staff in flood fighting

 

2018 Goals

Top Goals

  1. Epic Waters Indoor Water Park opened January 2018; Wave Pool opens summer 2018
  2. Open Epic Recreation Center this summer
  3. Open extension of SH 360 to US 287
  4. Open expanded and remodeled Charley Taylor Recreation Center, Shotwell Library and Prairie Paws Animal Shelter
  5. Begin expansion of Warmack Library
  6. Complete the automatic meter reading system, making water use information available to water customers at home
  7. Widen Great Southwest Parkway from Sara Jane to Mayfield Road
  8. Launch the city’s first Big Event, city-wide volunteer day March 24, 2018
  9. Open wider MacArthur Boulevard north of I-30
  10. Welcome more than 50 new restaurants and retail stores along SH 161

More Goals

  • Begin building PlayGrand Adventures all accessible playground to open mid-2019
  • Open expanded Fleet Service Center for city vehicle services
  • Unveil city's fully restored original 1939 fire truck
  • Update Planning and Development Comprehensive Plan
  • Overhaul residential and sign codes
  • Revise planning and development code with regard to downtown to encourage new businesses, grow the residential base, and enhance nighttime amenities
  • Move to digital development plan submittal and review
  • Implement new inspection software for city departments
  • Implement Six Sigma management techniques to improve business processes
  • Incorporate drone technology to integrate new features and 3-D mapping into GIS maps and to visually document new city construction
  • Open in summer 2018 newly improved and widened Fish Creek and Dechman roads from Belt Line Road to Interstate 20
  • Extend Palace Parkway from Belt Line Road east to the Interstate 30 access road (complete winter 2018).
  • Upgrade all city legacy computers and migrate city computers to Windows 10
  • Implement a facial recognition software program for police to more effectively identify wanted persons
  • Implement a Real Time Crime Center to more effectively identify and prosecute offenders
  • Pass a local abatement ordinance to address chronic problem locations
  • Pass a more extensive metal recyclers ordinance
  • Pass a more comprehensive solicitation ordinance
  • Implement a Certified Mental Health Coordinator position in GPPD to assist our citizens dealing with chronic mental illness
  • Complete negotiation with TRA for the transfer of the south sector wastewater system lift station, force main and gravity trunk lines
  • Construct Southwest Water Pumping Station and transmission line to provide additional water service to the south sector
  • Provide public access to the new rain/stream gauge website
  • Update the City’s rain/stream gauge system at low water crossing sites