The Role of a Neighborhood Service Coordinator
The job of neighborhood service coordinator covers a multitude of activities, all of which are centered around the neighborhoods and working with the residents to make their neighborhoods a great place to live. This is done by promoting activities to help build a sense of community and addressing challenges detrimental to this goal. The coordinator assists groups with identifying neighborhood concerns and finding solutions.
The role serves as the city’s liaison to neighborhood groups and individuals while attending neighborhood organization meetings in target areas. This includes relaying information on current city initiatives while also promoting city programs through organized associations and neighborhood watches to keep residents informed. Some of the current city initiatives are the rental inspection program, land bank, vacant building program, and the litter campaign. The litter campaign is a grassroots effort with a goal of reducing trash and litter throughout our city. One of the first steps to achieving this goal was a revised trash ordinance passed by City Council. More information about this new ordinance will be provided to residents when it takes effect. The desired outcome of this ordinance is to keep trash bags from being torn open by animals which contribute to scattered and blowing trash.
There are two popular city programs with neighborhood associations, neighborhood watches, civic and volunteer groups administered by the coordinator with the first being the neighborhood cleanup program. This program provides two dumpsters on a Saturday and at the time of a neighborhood’s choice. They are provided 20-yard up to 40-yard dumpsters for a street permit of $10. This program pays for the dumpsters and the landfill fees, so you can see why it is a great program for neighborhoods.
The other program is a neighborhood grant program, which is available to neighborhood associations and homeowners’ associations. This program has been used for buying neighborhood banners, replacing a small retaining wall around an association’s butterfly garden, trimming trees around a park, buying paint for shelter houses and to purchase four new picnic tables. It has also been used to remove dead Ash trees from the medians of the main entrance of a neighborhood and obtaining free new trees which were planted by the developer.
Great neighborhoods make a great city. When the city partners with neighborhoods, great things happen!