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Mayor Rognstad’s leadership coupled with the hard work and expertise of city staff yielded significant improvements that align with his key priorities. Specific achievements include:
- High Speed Fiber: City completed a fiber backbone creating a competitive market and bringing lightning fast, affordable internet to the region.
- Downtown Revitalization Project: Oversaw major reconstruction of downtown streets creating an amenity rich pedestrian environment with storm water management and improved parking facilities.
- Created a downtown beautification program in the commercial core which included hanging flower baskets and holiday lighting to meet the needs of the downtown business community in the wake of the Business Improvement District closure.
- Removed obstacles to small business through reduced business license fees and improved services.
- Instituted a new protocol for special events with reduced fees and improved service to encourage economic and cultural vibrancy downtown.
- Created a stabilization fund for long term fiscal resilience.
- Launched the OpenGov platform, bringing financial transparency to the public like never before.
- Launched OpenTownHall platform, creating new opportunities for public participation and meaningful data collection.
- Creation of the Community Resource Officer Division within the Police Department to improve community relations, parking and code enforcement while reducing cost and stress on the department.
- Streamlined customer service into a one-stop shop for all city services.
- Improved community engagement by bringing community outreach in-house for all city driven projects.
- Completed the City’s first Strategic Plan(hotlink), aligning city efforts behind a common vision, goals and priorities.
- Restructured City’s organizational chart improving efficiency and service delivery with a revenue positive effect.
- Implemented digital filing, upgraded financial software and filing processes to improve efficiency, accuracy and data collection citywide.
- Due to good leadership and oversight, all public works projects in 2018 were completed on time and under budget.
Quality of Life
- Created the Watershed Crest Trail: Convened multiple jurisdictions, NGOs, state agencies and private partners to establish Sandpoint’s first epic multi-use recreational trail. The trail is a 25-mile loop crestline trail circumnavigating the Little Sandcreek Watershed and extends existing Trail networks of Schweitzer Mountain Resort and Selkirk Recreation District.
- Created infrastructure improvements and supported long term establishment of Sandpoint’s Baldfoot Disc Golf Course.
- Completed reconstruction of War Memorial Field Grandstands under budget fulfilling obligations of voter approved Local Option Tax Initiative.
- Supported Sandpoint’s continued pesticide-free management program for aquatic invasive species in public-use waterways. When serving as city councilman, the Mayor helped establish this program that has served as a model in the State of Idaho.
- Created a pesticide-free program for all city parks and rights of way when serving as councilman.
- Supported regional movement to reduce coal and oil rail shipments through the region to safeguard water quality where rail lines cross waterways.
- Supported renewable energy generation at wastewater and water generation plants to reduce city’s carbon footprint.
- Expanded service area and created public/private partnerships for Selkirks Pend Oreille Transit bus system while serving on the board.
- Convened community leaders advocating for human rights and social justice to drive a notorious white nationalist out of town.