Capital Improvement Prioritization Process

The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) project list for the city's utilities and streets contains over 230 projects with an estimated construction cost of several hundred million dollars. With limited funding resources available, it is important to ensure that we expend our efforts and resources on those projects which are most critical to maintaining our infrastructure. The development of a CIP, which will assess the risk and costs of mitigation for each project, will assist staff in objectively determining which of the projects should be completed first, and just as importantly, which projects can be safely deferred until later or can have their service life prolonged by measures other than capital replacement. The program will encompass the entire city's infrastructure to include:
  • Bridges
  • Buildings
  • Fleet
  • Parks
  • Sanitary sewers
  • Stormwater
  • Streets
  • Water

Prioritization Process

The prioritization process will be built around a business case approach using a combination of business processes and software configuration. This will include developing system functional requirements, documenting business activities as workflow diagrams, and preparing the Software Requirements Specification (SRS) for configuring the CIP prioritization tool and current computerized maintenance management software.

Watch the first in a series of workshops educating city staff on the methodology of both risk-based prioritization and how to develop business case evaluations.