City of Boca Raton Tackle Pressing Issues
By: Stephanie Fonseca
After the lunch recess, the city council talked about pressing issues that the city must tackle in the very near future.
At the strategic city planning meeting, an issue brought up by council members is how technology is a main issue that they must invest in. Be it for the police department and their body cameras to the infrastructure for the traffic cameras and data storage to the irrigation system that is in its entirety monitored through tablets, technology is impacting the city in a big way. And in order maintain having the best technology for the residents in the city, funding to keep up with technology is essential.
Boca Raton Police Chief, David C. Alexander, also mentioned how in informing the public they not only have to be responsive to what’s going on but also monitoring and in letting residents know “what’s happening now.”
Besides technology and the cities effectiveness when it comes keeping residents updated, an issue that the council agreed that has to be worked on is with people retirement. In the next 5 to 10 years they agreed that they must work on strategizing where the department is going to be in the next 2 to 5 years with resource allocation and finding competent people to replace those who are retiring.
Understanding the generational shift and how not as many younger people want to be involved in city government they see that this is an issue that they need to tackle within the next 5 years.
Not only with finding people to replace those who are retiring but the council also spoke about how and where the city can dig into to increase the city’s revenue to tackle such problems that they have at hand.