2014 Notes: City of Cape Girardeau

Last year, 2014, was one of growth and improvements all around Cape Girardeau. Here are a few of the things accomplished throughout the year.

Enhancing our Position in Economic Development

  • Construction at the Greater Cape Girardeau Business Park in 2014
    Construction at the Greater Cape Girardeau Business Park in 2014

    Attracted businesses to our Business Park: Infrastructure – roads, water, sewer, electric and gas being installed; Pepsi under development; five additional prospects.

  • Developed a new use for the building when the Commander Premier issue at the Airport was resolved. Stihl rented space at the hangar; also being  used for airplane storage. Currently marketing the space through MAGNET. Also, constructed new T-Hangars at the Airport, and all are rented.
  • Further development of entrepreneurship and building partnerships to strengthen and market our strong workforce: New entrepreneurship space downtown; partnership with University, Isle to develop local MBE/WBE; Hire a Hero job fair; paramedic education program through Career and Technology Center.
  • New jobs and business: Walmart Neighborhood Market, Ruler Foods, Codefi, Family Dollar.

Improving the Safety and Health of our Citizens and Employees

  • New enforcement efforts through targeted patrols.
  • Anonymous tip line for reports now available.
  • Refined the police station needs and secured funding.
  • Prioritized radio interoperability; staff committee moving forward with plan.
  • Coordinated electronic ticketing (e-ticketing); currently in development phase with the “go live” scheduled for April 2015.
  • Prepared for critical power shortages by installing power backup on priority traffic signals, downtown pump stations, and the Shawnee Park Center.
  • Secured critical customer data off-site.
  • Continued public safety staffing study.
  • Retained three previously grant-funded firefighters.

Keeping Fiscal Discipline Visible

Improving Neighborhoods

  • Hosted Neighborhood Development Initiative meetings in the Ward 2 and Red Star areas to empower residents to address priorities in their neighborhoods.
  • Reviewed incentives to revitalize neighborhoods.
  • Continued overall improvement of the buildings in the city: 21 condemned, 6 repaired, 14 demolished, 20 still pending.
  • Initiated a lengthy, in-depth process to review the 2015 building codes for adoption.
  • We continued to develop the residential rental licensing program: 722 licensed landlords, 6267 registered rental units.
  • Continued beautifying Cape Girardeau through the Public Works Department’s Clean Sweep program; established Keep Cape Beautiful Beautification Committee and their Beautiful Business Property of Month program.
  • Updated nuisance ordinances for compliance/collection; focused on graffiti removal and Clean Sweep street program with input from residents.

Streamlining Citizen and Business Interactions with the City

  • Started the Coffee With Cops program, completing three citizen visits at various locations.
  • Added or enhanced online and mobile interaction capabilities: Online job application began in April 2014; many forms/applications updated online; changed business license ordinance for process improvements; contractor licensing go live and utility billing go live coming soon; Parks and Recreation online class and activity registration, and park shelter reservations, should start in 2015.
  • We are working toward developing the Citizen Services Department vision: working on options for one-stop shop; developing Service Improvement Initiative.

Other City and Partner Events/Programs