Archive for April 12, 2009

Community Development Part 5

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Continuing the excellent and informative interview by Mark Teleha as he interviewed the staff of the City of Lorain’s Community Development Dept.
Part One COMMUNITY

Part Two- APPROVED BY COUNCIL

Part three- THE DEPARTMENTS

Part four- SEPARATION OF ACCOUNTING

THE STAFFING
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Sandy( Prudoff)

“Each of these staff work on what you would call ‘daily quadrants.’ Whatever you work on is what you charge your time to. Because we have such a large list of funding sources;

If Drake is working on Housing or Infill, he charges to that. If he’s working on Rehab, he charges to that. If he’s working on the sanitary line break on Oak Point Road, then it’s charged to a General Fund account.

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So this(Ed Note the interview with Mark Teleha) would be ‘Citizen’s Participation.’ So everyone here, including myself, for this week would charge our time to an account called ‘Citizen’s Participation’ since we’re here explaining who we are and what we do.

No one here has a dedicated account because none of us, typically, are funded on a regular basis out of the General Fund. So we’re, to that extent, a business, in that, everything we do has to reflect how we charge our money.

“The staff of Planning” are all involved in projects on Pearl Avenue, the restoration of Pearl Avenue, Central Lorain between 14th and 18th, all the way over to Broadway and the Stoveworks, and I just kinda hang around and look important.” (At this point, Sandy, Drake, Howard, Larry and Rey had to leave.)

I ( Mark Teleha) told those remaining (Chris, Jan, Don and Doug) how much I appreciated the help and the introduction of the entire department.

Don – “We do pride ourselves on being as accessible as possible. It’s not always possible, but we definitely try to answer any questions that people have.
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Public records requests, we do have our Consolidated Plans Process that Jan heads up, public meetings, all the Urban Renewal Plans we’ve had at multiple public meetings; we try to interact with the public to the best of our ability, try to answer questions, as well, when the public does have them, we keep a fairly flat organization, it allows for a lot of interaction amongst the people that work here, we have a fairly creative environment in house once we’re given the idea which direction the Administration would like to go, or which direction Council would like to go.”

to be continued……

April 12, 2009 at 11:28 pm 2 comments


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