Livability Awards 2000 to Announce Winners
May 15, 2000
The Twenty-First Annual
City Livability Awards Program, sponsored by The United States Conference of
Mayors and Waste Management, Inc., provides an opportunity to showcase the
strong efforts of mayors across the country to improve the quality of life
in their communities. This year, competition for the City Livability
Awards program was extremely fierce, with well over 200 applications
Thirty mayors and their
city governments have been named finalists in this year's program.
This issue of U.S.Mayor highlights each finalist mayor and city program.
The thirty applications
described below range from efforts to improve city waste management to
programs to prepare young children for school, from improved crime
prevention to recreation and support of the arts. Every program
reflects the commitment of mayors to improving urban livability.
Selected by an
independent panel of judges, the ten City Livability Award winners - 5 for
cities above 100,000 in populations and 5 for those below 100,000 - will be
announced on Saturday, June 10, at the Annual Conference of Mayors in
population above 100,000
Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid
B. Sheldon - Established "Ann Arbor Energy Fund" to assist city
facilities in meeting the city's commitment to improve the energy
efficiency of its facilities and operations by using new energy saving
Boston Mayor Thomas M.
Menino- Established Office of New Bostonians (ONB) to develop citywide
strategies to ensure that city government is responsive and accessible to
the diverse cultural and linguistic communities, especially since Boston's
changing demographics include a high percentage of foreign-born citizens.
Buffalo Mayor Anthony M.
Masiello - The Mayor's Community Schools Project (MCSP) oversees grants
for after-school and enrichment programs in public schools, providing
opportunity for learning and achievement among children with limited access
to programs in their communities.
Corpus Christi Mayor
Samuel L. Neal, Jr. - Designed communitywide cleanup campaign, "STOP
Trashing Corpus Christi," partnering government, community and corporations
to encourage individuals, organizations, neighborhoods and businesses to
beautify the city's parks, neighborhoods, roadways, business sites,
churches and schools.
Fort Worth Mayor Kenneth
Barr - Created drive-through Environmental Collection Center and mobile
cruiser in "Conquer Your CRUD" campaign to collect and dispose of
household hazardous waste; ECC programs have served over 15,000 area
residents and diverted over 415 tons of hazardous waste from landfills and
Irving (TX) Mayor Joe
Putnam - Empowered Irving's citizens with knowledge of city programs and
policies through the creation of a city of Irving web site, making it easier
for citizens to access information and become involved in government.
Lancaster (CA) Mayor
Frank C. Roberts - Created new Permit Streamlining Process to improve
efficiency and meet community needs, affecting such areas as staff education
and training, public information, interdepartmental communication, design
guidelines, the number of conditional use permits and the preliminary review
New Orleans Mayor Marc
H. Morial - Reformed New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) into a model for
police reform around the world, enforcing high standards of conduct and
targeting crime on the streets, implementing a decentralization plan that
shifted detectives, officers and supervisors from police headquarters and
deploying them to the streets. Launched a new computerized crime
tracking system (COMSTAT).
Pembroke Pines (FL)
Mayor Alex G. Fekete - Arranged financing, constructed schools, hired
teachers and staff to provide educational opportunity to nearly 1700
children under 1997 Florida law permitting cities to operate Charter
Stamford Mayor Dannel P.
Malloy - Implemented citywide preschool quality care and education program,
working with educators, child care workers, parents and teachers to
recognize the importance of affordable, quality care and education for
pre-kindergartners based on the latest child development research.
Tacoma Mayor Brian
Ebersole - Increased recycling rates over 300 percent by carefully planned
operational changes—new recycling containers, garbage days, and new methods—
and an innovative and extremely successful marketing campaign based on a
group of singing garbage men called "The Collectors."
Toledo Mayor Carleton S.
Finkbeiner - Organized urban gun initiative by bringing together the mayor's
office, Toledo police, city law department, and Youth Commission to draft
legislation promoting responsible gun safety that includes firearms,
security, a ban on "Saturday Night Specials," a ban on assault weapons,
and handgun registration.
Tucson Mayor Robert
Walkup - Developed Sustainable Communities Program entitled Livable Tucson
Vision, to coordinate a series of policy and prototype projects balancing
economic, social, and environmental goals that are community-based and
Virginia Beach Mayor
Meyera E. Oberndorf - Implemented "Every 15 Minutes" alcohol awareness
program targeting high school juniors and seniors. The program title refers
to the statistic that every 15 minutes a person between the ages of 15 and
24 is killed in an automobile accident in the United States. The
two-day interactive program educates students and identifies the
responsibilities associated with driving, socializing, and alcohol-related
Winston-Salem Mayor Jack
Cavanagh, Jr. - Sponsored the innovative Flower Power Program, designed to
transform vacant lots and illegal trash-dumping sites into beautification
projects. This effort included planting trees, shrubbery, vegetables,
and flowers in a community-wide, collaborative effort to improve quality of
life in neighborhoods.
population under 100,000
Bedford (TX) Mayor Rick
Hurt - Implemented "4B for Bedford" Street Rehabilitation program by
establishing a Pavement Condition Index and a 4B one-half cent sales tax
that has resulted in a community that is pothole-free and committed to
communication, cooperation, and quality between city government, citizens
and the construction industry.
Biloxi Mayor A.J.
Holloway - Created "Housing in High Gear," a community development and
housing program that has dramatically transformed a troubled housing
authority into a vehicle for modern and affordable housing. Housing in
High Gear has won HUD's "Most Improved Housing Authority in Mississippi"
award for its exemplary performance.
Bristol Mayor Frank N.
Nicastro, Sr. - Pooled human and financial resources to develop a strategy
to sell and successfully reuse the GM Delco Chassis plant - substituting
renovation and maintenance for the potential specter of an abandoned
property in decline.
Euclid (OH) Mayor Paul
Oyaski - Instituted innovative approach at the grassroots and leadership
levels to maintain healthy dialogue and attitudes regarding race relations
in the community through Euclid Community Concerns and its launching of
Honest Conversations program.
Everett (MA) Mayor David
Ragucci - Supported victim advocacy project by partnering Portal to Hope
and the Everett Police Department to offer a central site for law
enforcement and free support services to victims of domestic violence and
rape. The program has reached 1,700 Everett residents, including low
income, disabled, elderly, youth and minority populations.
Farmington Mayor William
E. Standley - Assisted implementation of "Quality of Life" plan using
gross receipts tax increase involving local government and community
interest groups. The plan resulted in projects such as a public golf
course, two-field soccer complex, regional park development, river corridor
trails and an aquatic center.
Fort Myers Mayor Bruce
T. Grady - Created widespread Neighborhood Shade Tree Program to provide
property owners with an opportunity to purchase trees which would be
planted, fertilized, mulched and staked by the Parks Department at a low
Gadsden (AL) Mayor Steve
Means - Chartered Cultural Arts Foundation in response to citizen
initiatives, as an independent, nonprofit organization working to enrich
lives, support artistic progress. The foundation created a cultural
campus comprised of two buildings and a courtyard, a community school for
the arts, a youth orchestra, musical and theatrical performances, and three
Hoffman Estates (IL)
Mayor Michael J. O'Malley - Addressed child safety issues with the
creation of The Child Seat Give-Away Program, a program that donates new
child seats to vehicle drivers who cannot afford the cost of one.
Since inception, over 800 child seats have been provided to needy families.
Lynn Mayor Patirck J.
McManus - Saved the city $450 million by creating a pilot design/build
format for a wastewater plant renovation and Combined Sewer Overflow
program, using a standards-based design competition for plant
Melrose (MA) Mayor
Patrick C. Guerriero - Established "Melrose Responding with Respect
Committee" and charged it with planning events and activities to reinforce
the concept of respect and civility in the community, beginning with an
efficient and friendly city hall.
Moore (OK) Mayor Glenn
Lewis - Created MOORE BEAUTIFUL program to beautify the city by planting
trees, landscaping medians, parks, subdivisions and other public spaces
through donations and grants. The program established a partnership
between the city, public school system, and local and national businesses
North Adams (MA) Mayor
John Barrett, III - Opened the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
(MASS MoCA) in May 1999, pulling together a community to build a faltering
economy into an economic and cultural engine. The museum has attracted
internet businesses, commercial development and tourism and promoted
community spirit, cooperation and consensus building among residents.
Pasadena (TX) Mayor
Johnny Isbell - Developed innovative Neighborhood Network Program to
organize neighborhood/homeowner organizations to improve the city's overall
aesthetic appearance including areas such as code enforcement,
communications, fund-raising, crime watch and educational workshops.
Waterloo (IA) Mayor John
R. Roof - Fire Department program named "Building a Safety-Conscious
Community" joins together Waterloo Fire Rescue, a coalition of
organizations and agencies, and the Waterloo Public and Parochial Schools to
teach injury prevention skills in students' classrooms; uniformed fire
fighters make weekly classroom visits.