Distributed May 31, 2016 11:00 AM
Council receives Core Services Review Final Report
Nanaimo City Council has received a copy of the long awaited Core Services Review, Final Report.
Presented to Council Monday night (May 30) the report contains over 100 recommendations identifying ways the City can improve services, save money, increase revenues and introduce new best practices. Analysis and recommendations concerning the operations of the City's three external agencies - the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation, the Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association and the Vancouver Island Conference Centre - are also included. Finally, the report provides comparative data detailing how the City of Nanaimo compares to other Canadian communities of similar size in terms of operations, financing and spending, etc.
Over the next few weeks, members of Council will take time to review the report's recommendations in detail with the goal of determining which are feasible. Similarly, the City's administration will be taking steps to design and operationalize an implementation strategy that Council can then use to act on those recommendations it wishes to undertake first. This strategy will include the participation of a variety of stakeholders, including the union.
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- The report is broken into 11 areas containing recommendations supporting - strategic planning, policy development, staff capacity, finance policies, IT infrastructure, integrated maintenance and purchasing, performance measures, community partnerships, grants and efficiencies and streamlining.
- The report noted that operationally, Nanaimo is well positioned, with municipal services being largely of high quality and addressing community needs. Also, Nanaimo was shown as comparing favourably with like communities in terms of expenditures, debt, urban sprawl and readiness for improvement.
- Opportunities exist for the City to better align its activities around a clear vision and strategic plan while also improving its corporate structure, control policies, external relationships and its ability to raise revenue and save on costs.
- Completion of the review, carried out by the consulting firm WMC, was a key priority of Council following their election in 2014.
- To learn more about the Core Services Review and to read the Final Report, visit the City's website.