The purpose of having all four departments in one is to make communication easier for residents and the city.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – is referred to as the Neighborhood Services division that brings animal care services, code enforcement, grant monitoring, and homeless services under one roof.
Previously, for example, Animal Care Services was overlooked by the police, which needed to be changed.
“These departments were working,” said Tracey Cantu, the interim director, “these activities were happening, but they were fragmented because they existed in separate areas and so often the services overlapped.”
The purpose of having all four departments in one is to make communication easier for residents and the city. It was time for an update too.
“For about two years,” said city administrator Peter Zanoni, “we’ve been trying to bring it together, and we’ve finally managed to make this neighborhood services department a reality.”
Cantu added, “Discuss with them what they would like to have in their neighborhood. What would they like to see as improvements in their neighborhood?”
She hopes to build long-term partnerships with citizens of Corpus Christi.
“Get those neighborhood groups, our community groups, our grassroots volunteers who want to help, who want to get out there and want to improve our neighborhoods. We want to work with them, work more closely with them,” Cantu said.
It will survey about a hundred employees. Residents also have the option to become part of the neighborhood registry, which promotes wellbeing and provides responsive, neighborhood-based city services.
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