RIO RANCHO N.M. (KRQE)- Officials in Rio Rancho are brainstorming ways to improve the city. Their strategic planning meeting covered everything from long-needed infrastructure work to public safety.
At a work session on Saturday, Mayor Gregg Hull and the City Council outlined their goals and priorities for the coming year with most of them regarding infrastructure, quality of life issues and development, as well as making quality spaces like the library for people to Rio Rancho to come together.
Nothing was voted on but the staff is expected to come up with proposals for each topic moving forward to be included in a strategic plan for the city.
“The governing body really lets us to come in and articulate what they feel is being communicated to them from the community as they meet with different community members so this allow us to capture that,” said Mayor Hull.
The mayor stated the biggest challenge facing the city is finding funding for these projects.
“We know the community wants to do all this stuff but where do we get the dollars and how do we most efficiently use those dollars to make sure we’re getting the best results,” said Mayor Hull.
While they identified public safety and schools as strengths, they pointed out the lack of concentrated commercial areas as a weakness, something people in the area agree with.
“That is a weakness to me is that there is no industry out here,” Chrystopher Crespin said. “There is a lot of houses which is wonderful, but there is no place for anybody to go.”
People also addressed the need to pave over dirt roads and start an effort to improve voter turnout rates. This is an annual meeting they hold before staff start building their budget for the next year.
The meeting comes after the city released the results this week of a citizen survey sent to 2,200 households. The survey asked residents about things like quality of life, economic health and the overall image of the city.