200 Day Plan For Martinsville – March 20, 2017 – October 5, 2017

Mayor's Office

The following initiatives are the highest priorities the Kohl administration will focus on in the next 200 days. The initiatives contained within this plan are a combination of input from residents, plans from the City leadership team and some carry over items from our 100-Day Plan.

Organized by our five building blocks with the initiatives in no particular order, this plan is just that – a plan. It will evolve to include new projects as we move forward, with the outcomes and your feedback letting us know what should be included in future plans.

Just as we did with our first plan, I am sharing this one as a major piece of our communications and transparency focus. You as our constituents – our customers – can know what we will be working on and hold us accountable for delivering what is promised.

– Mayor Shannon Kohl

Building Block: Safety

Crime reduction and public safety: job #1

  • create a Neighborhood Crime Watch Program by establishing eight areas of the City that will be served by crime watch neighborhoods and citizen volunteers
  • continue firefighters’ increased training exercises and education involving various equipment resources and rescue scenarios
  • continue DARE Program renewed in 2016 in partnership with Martinsville Community Schools
  • implement an active shooter/disaster drill as a proactive training exercise for public safety departments and City leadership team
  • continue Operation Sheepdog drug stings and saturated patrols as very effective tools in making drug, alcohol and warrant-related arrests
  • implement annual mock 10-50 (vehicle crash) to remind MHS students of the dangers of drunk driving
  • establish K-9 Edo as new canine officer on the force, providing one K-9 for each of the Police Department’s three shifts
  • increase community awareness and the promotion of more community policing through the work of the Police Department’s community relations officer
  • plan firefighters’ annual Customer Appreciation Day in connection with the Fall Foliage Parade
  • establish additional Police Department bike patrols as part of the Department’s community policing effort

Building Block: Neighborhoods

Strengthen neighborhoods to improve residents’ quality of life

  • expand the Beautify Martinsville program with a Clean the Alley Program to regrade and improve alleyways throughout the City to make neighborhoods more attractive and safer while residents take greater pride in their properties
  • establish an annual strategic paving program to ensure the greatest number of City streets are paved this summer with available funds
  • protect residents’ #1 investment: their homes by offering an educational workshop with area realtors to increase residents’ knowledge of enhancing personal property values and maximizing neighborhood safety
  • continue the comprehensive evaluation of the most cost-efficient methods to fix crumbling sidewalks throughout the community
  • enforce Indiana’s unsafe building legislation on structurally impaired buildings and homes hazardous to the public
  • continue our ramped up code enforcement efforts to eliminate improperly registered vehicles, trash and other ordinance violations
  • begin to address facility needs for Martinsville’s aging City Hall and Street and Water Department buildings
  • continue with quarterly bulk trash collection as the most cost and resource-effective collection method
  • continue public education of the importance of personal responsibility to follow rules of trash and brush collection, taking pride in properties and neighborhoods while Street Department crews work diligently to go extra mile in keeping community clean
  • improve clarity of City’s trash ordinance
  • ensure City pool (including baby pool) is fully operational at the beginning of the summer season
  • complete improvements to the Old Nash House at the Jimmy Nash City Park entrance
  • improve the Parks’ maintenance building, shelter #2 and shelter #6
  • renovate the soon-to-be former tennis courts in park into green space
  • implement a safe and robust July 4 fireworks celebration
  • begin planning for a possible future dog park

Building Block: Economic Development

Martinsville: driving business expansion, job creation

  • continue working with the Morgan County Economic Development Corporation to attract new businesses while retaining jobs, supporting the local tax base and strengthening existing businesses within the community
  • create an Economic Executive Committee focused on business development and revitalization to work with the Morgan County EDC to help attract new businesses to downtown
  • utilize the I-69 Economic Development Impact Study as a starting point to update the City’s comprehensive economic development plan to reflect timely community needs
  • continue working with HWC Engineering (through the economic impact study) and Indiana Department of Transportation officials to ensure Martinsville is well-positioned to benefit from the I-69 project with good paying jobs, increased property values and well-planned, controlled community growth
  • create tax incentives as economic development tools while promoting Martinsville as open for business
  • create a five and ten-year Capital Improvement Plan with input from all City department heads to reflect the resource needs of their respective areas to allow for strategic purchases of needed equipment and assets

Building Block: Communications

Consistent information sharing + transparency = open, effective governing

  • redesign, rewrite, reorganize City’s entire Web site, with a more robust look and feel, making it more user-friendly, packed with information to serve as the City’s “go-to” communications resource for residents, businesses and visitors
  • continue City’s comprehensive communications initiatives, including a revamped Web site, mayoral messages, special events, social media posts, news releases and interviews
  • implement a Dual Credit Partnership with Vincennes University in partnership with Martinsville Community Schools and Martinsville police officers for a juvenile law enforcement instructional academy for MHS juniors and seniors interested in law enforcement careers
  • continue with the Police Department’s second police academy for interested residents to learn more about law enforcement topics and how Martinsville police officers protect the community
  • create Police Department Community Awareness Nights as a communications vehicle for community members to meet with police officers for informal Q&A sessions
  • continue bi-weekly City department head meetings to share information, problem-solve and provide for effective and timely internal communication among departments

Building Block: Citizen Voice

Citizens’ involvement and voices make for a stronger, improved Martinsville

  • continue Mayor’s Youth Council activities to help MHS students learn more about municipal government activities, including meeting regularly with Mayor Kohl and providing their ideas for the improvement of Martinsville
  • create a roundtable of Martinsville business owners to encourage feedback on how the Kohl administration can assist them with their goals
  • expand Mayor Kohl’s special focus on community’s veterans, including honoring them in the July 4th parade and other future activities