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Core Beliefs

RESOLUTION NO. 835-0504
GENERAL POLICY RESOLUTION OF CORE BELIEFS

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF SHELTON ESTABLISHING A GENERAL POLICY RESOLUTION EMANATING FROM THE “CORE BELIEFS” OF THE CITY COMMISSION AND SETTING FORTH DUTIES OF BOTH ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICIALS OF THE CITY TO HELP GUIDE DECISIONS TOWARD MORE EFFECTIVE, RESPONSIVE, AND OPEN GOVERNMENT

WHEREAS, the City Commission of the City of Shelton, as the elective legislative body, is charged with adopting Ordinances and Resolutions which become the law of the city; and

WHEREAS, such Ordinances and Resolutions must provide enforceable provisions subordinate to, and in harmony with, all other applicable federal and state statutes and regulations; and

WHEREAS, the City Commission desires to provide a clear set of general policy guidelines for the conduct of City Government;

NOW, THEREFORE, the City Commission of the City of Shelton does hereby affirm and resolve that the following core beliefs shall serve as guidelines for the conduct of affairs by all branches of Shelton City Government.

Section 1. We believe that Shelton should be a visionary city encouraging its citizens and their government to look to the future beyond the present generation and to bring such ideas to public discussion and to enhance a sense of community identity.

Section 2. We believe that the City of Shelton should be known as “user friendly,” and that practices and general operations should consider how citizens would be served in the most responsive, effective and courteous manner.

Section 3. We believe that careful observance of a clear set of rules of procedure can best enhance public participation and decision-making.

Section 4. We believe in the City Commission as policy leaders of the City. City Commissioners are encouraged to take the lead, where practical, in sponsoring or advocating ordinances, resolutions and motions excepting quasi-judicial or other public hearings.

Section 5. We believe in hearing the public view. We affirm that members of the public should be encouraged to speak and be heard through reasonable rules of procedure when the public business is being considered, thus giving elected officials the broadest perspectives from which to make decisions.

Section 6. We believe that the economic and commercial job base of the community should be preserved and encouraged to grow as an alternative to increasing taxes and fees. We believe the City should practice development and regulatory policies, where possible, which encourage job producing commerce and industry.

Section 7. We direct the City Administrator to conduct the affairs of the City with the following goals:

(a) Promoting mutual respect between the citizens, City staff and the City Commission by creating the organizational teamwork necessary for effective, responsive and open government.

(b) Maintaining a formal citywide customer service program with emphasis on timely response, a user-friendly atmosphere, and an attitude of facilitation and accommodation within the bounds of responsibility, integrity, and financial capability of the City, including organizational and job description documents.

(c) Providing the City Commission and public reasonable advance notice when issues are to be brought forward for discussion.

(d) Seeking creative ways to contain or impede the rising cost of governmental services such as, reducing any ineffective uses of time or resources for City staff and examining private sector or intergovernmental contracting alternatives in lieu of some existing services.

Providing a database of needful projects and future dreams for the City of Shelton, so that good ideas from its citizens, staff and elected leaders are not lost.

Requiring that City departments review and examine operations and/or employment as to whether there are more effective ways to organize or conduct departmental activities whenever opportunities, such as attrition or retirement etc., may make such examination appropriate.

Passed and approved by the City Commission of the City of Shelton at a regular meeting on May 10, 2004.