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As the council president I am very plesed to announce the first ever city wide poll. I refer to this as a mid year poll. It is my intent to conduct this poll every other year as a way to determine how myself and the rest of the city government is doing. I plan on providing the results to the mayor, the common council, and the department heads as a way to determine how we are doing and as a way for you to help guide us as we plan for the future. Please take the poll located at the bottom of this page and be sure to come back early 2016 to see the results. Thank you for time in helping to guide the city by completing this survey. Sincerely your commom council president, Brian Stall.

The Rensselaer Common Council represents the residents of the City of Rensselaer as the legislative body responsible for setting the governing policies of the city. The Council adopts the City budget and passes laws, policies and regulations that govern the City. It is made up of 6 elected officials, one representing each ward, and is chaired by the Common Council President, who is elected citywide.  Its leadership includes the President Pro Tempore and Majority Leader.  It is our job to work cooperatively with the Mayor and the City administration to insure that tax dollars are responsibly spent and that all residents have access to the services and programs that make urban living safe, affordable and desirable.

The Common Council meets the first and third Wednesday of each month in the City Court Chambers at City Hall.  The formal meetings begin at 7 p.m.  A informal session followed by a public comment period, is the first item of business that starts at 6:30 pm.  Speakers are requested to keep their remarks to three minutes. Individuals may sign up in the court room at anytime before the opening of the session.  Speakers will be called in the order they are signed up.

Public hearings are held on some City ordinances and are advertised.  Speakers sign up the evening of the meeting and are called in order.  The public hearing ends when all those wishing to speak have been heard.

Committees of the Common Council meet to discuss legislation before the Council and to review policies and procedures of City government.  Meetings are scheduled on an as-needed basis with adequate public notice. 

 


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2015 City of Rensselaer Poll

Approximately how many years have you lived in Rensselaer?

What ward do you live in?

What do you like most about living in Rensselaer?

What do you feel is the most serious issue facing the City of Rensselaer today?

If you could advise the Mayor and Common Council, what one action would you recomend to significantly improve the quality of life in the City of Rensselaer?

How would you rate the quality of life in the city of Rensselaer?

If you could advise the City Council, what actions would you recommend to significantly improve the quality of life in the city?

To which of the following do you feel a closer connection to?

All in all, do you think things are generally headed in the right direction, or do you feel things are off on the wrong track?

How would you rate the general redevelopment in the City of Rensselaer?

Are there any types of housing the City needs to attract?

What types of development would you like to see in the City?

Do you support or oppose the City providing financial incentives to attract specific types of development?

Please rate the quality of the service for each of the following departments.... Fire

Please rate the quality of the service for each of the following departments.... Police

Please rate the quality of the service for each of the following departments.... Parks & maintenance

Please rate the quality of the service for each of the following departments.... Garbage, trash, bulk, brush

Please rate the quality of the service for each of the following departments.... Department of Public Works (street patching, snow plowing, general maintenance)

Please rate the quality of the service for each of the following departments.... Senior Services

Please rate the quality of the service for each of the following departments.... City Hall administration support

If there had to be a cut in services to keep taxes low, what services would you be willing to see cut?

When you consider the property taxes you pay and the quality of city services you receive, how would you rate the general value of city services?

Overall how safe do you feel living in the city (for example do you feel safe walking the streets alone at night?)

Overall how safe do you feel living in your neighborhood (for example do you feel safe walking your neighborhood streets alone at night?)

Over the past four years, has the general condition and appearance of properties in your neighborhood gotten worse, gotten better, or remained about the same?

If you answered worse to the above question, Why do you feel that way?

Other than voting, do you feel that if you wanted to, you could have a say about the way the city of Rensselaer runs things?

From what you know, do you approve or disapprove of the job the Mayor is doing?

From what you know, do you approve or disapprove of the job the Common Council President is doing?

From what you know, do you approve or disapprove of the job your local Council Person is doing?

What is your principal source of information about the city, events, and government activities?

If it were available, would you utilize the internet via web stream, or cable TV to watch Common Council meetings?

Other than to take this survey, have you accessed the City's web-site www.rensselaerny.gov in the past six months?

Are you aware of and or registered for the City's emergency broadcast system call FirstCall now called CODE RED?

If you use the city web site, what additional information would you like to see included?

Results

"Total voters : 100"