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<strong>Are you ready to make an impact in your city? Our encyclopedia of solutions is a great place to start!</strong> The Citizens Campaign and The Civic Trusts are dedicated to facilitating the efforts of leadership-ready citizens to make an impact in their community. The Trusts find solutions through evidence-based research and expert opinion. The culmination of this work is this Menu of Solutions. With support and coaching from The Citizens Campaign's Law and Policy Task Force, many of these solutions have been developed and implemented in cities throughout New Jersey by citizens like you. Take a look at the variety of offerings below, which can be tailored to and established in your city to achieve positive results. <p class="p3"><strong>PUBLIC SAFETY</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><a href="">Urban Auxiliary Police Force</a>: </strong>Increase police visibility and improve public safety with relatively little cost</li> <li><a href=""><strong>Community Emergency Response Team</strong></a>: Establish a team of volunteers who can assist first responders in times of crisis and emergencies</li> <li><strong><a href="">Online Reporting for Minor Crimes</a>:</strong> Lower the volume of non-emergency related calls by allowing resident to report minor incidents online</li> </ul> <p class="p6"><strong>EDUCATION</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><a href="">Leadership Civics Curriculum</a>: </strong>Start an educational program to increase youth leadership and civic participation</li> <li><a href=""><strong>Community-Based Code of Student </strong><strong>Conduct</strong></a>: Establish a process of gathering community input for the annual review of your School District's Code of Student Conduct</li> <li><strong><a href="">Best Price Insurance for School Districts</a>:</strong> Eliminate wasteful spending on inflated insurance contracts and broker kick-backs</li> <li><a href=""><strong>Municipal &amp; School District Shared Services Agreements: </strong></a>School Districts and Municipalities that share a geographic region have many opportunities to share services and cut costs.  (<em>See also</em> Government Efficiency &amp; Waste Cutting)</li> </ul> <p class="p5"><strong>ENVIRONMENT</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><a href="">Storm Protection Planning Board Resolution</a>:</strong> Recommend steps be taken to better plan for more intense storms and flooding, to effectively reduce the impact of such events in your community</li> <li><strong><a href="">Tree Fund:</a> </strong>Establish a voluntary Tree Fund people can donate to that will go towards strategically planting more storm resilient trees in city parks and along the waterfront</li> <li><strong><a href="">Green Roofs</a>: </strong>Help reduce storm water pollution and flooding by establishing "green roof" zoning requirements</li> <li><strong><a href="">Permeable Driveways</a>: </strong>Create a site-plan requirement that minimizes off-site drainage, and is incentivized by an optional coverage bonus</li> </ul> <p class="p5"><strong>CITIZEN EMPOWERMENT</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><a href="">Community-Based Political Party Constitution</a>: </strong>Empower neighborhood-level political party members and ensure a democratic decision-making process in the political parties</li> <li><a href=""><strong>Public Participation in Meetings</strong></a>: Provide more meaningful opportunities for public comment</li> <li><strong><a href="">Call to Service Summit</a>:</strong> Establish an annual celebration of a city's volunteer leaders and recruit residents to fill other service opportunities</li> <li><strong><a href="">Videotaping Public Meetings</a>: </strong>Establish a policy that encourages citizen participation and protects citizens right to videotape public meetings</li> </ul> <p class="p6"><strong>GOVERNMENT INNOVATION</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><a href="">Budget Sunshine Online</a>: </strong>promote cost-saving and innovation in government services by opening municipal financial data in an accessible, online format to facilitate constructive use of the information</li> <li><strong><a href="">Best Price Insurance for Municipal Government</a>: </strong>Eliminate wasteful spending on inflated insurance contracts and broker kick-backs</li> <li><strong><a href="">Pay-to-Play Reform</a>: </strong>Eliminate the practice where large campaign contributions are traded for lucrative government contracts or redevelopment agreements</li> <li><strong><a href="">Service Contracting for Vehicle Maintenance</a>:</strong> Rather than paying for vehicle repairs on an as-needed basis, enter into an ongoing maintenance service contract that will reduce overall costs and improve services<strong> </strong></li> <li><strong><a href="">Eliminating Benefits for Part-Time Elected Officials</a>: </strong>Save thousands of dollars by eliminating health benefits for part-time Mayor and Council</li> <li><strong><a href="">Municipal &amp; School District Shared Services Agreements</a>: </strong>Municipalities &amp; School Districts can share the cost of services, and ensure they are not duplicating services, like snow removal, in the same region  (<em>See also </em><strong>Education</strong>)</li> <li><strong><a href="">Competitive Negotiations for Professional Service Contracts</a>: </strong>Requires cities &amp; towns to obtain competitive proposals from professionals seeking no-bid contracts  so towns can then better compare services</li> </ul> <p class="p6"><strong>ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT &amp; THE ARTS</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href=""><strong>Abandoned and Vacant Property Maintenance</strong>: </a>List and register abandoned and vacant properties and require owners to pay a registration fee to motivate owners to properly maintain, or restore and reuse the properties</li> <li><a href=""><strong>Municipal Arts Council</strong>:</a> Establish a volunteer committee to support the arts in your city and seek grant opportunities</li> <li><strong><a href="">Mural Ordinance</a>:</strong> Promote and foster cultural expression in your city and connect people through public art</li> </ul>

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