With Antioch's new City Manager Steve Duran completing his first month on the job, Antioch residents are now able to find out what each city department is doing.

Duran instituted a weekly report, where each department documents what is has done that week.

He also introduced a monthly report where each department lists projects and programs that they are working on and the progress they have made.

Both of these documents are available on the city website (www.ci.antioch.ca.us) and also published by a couple of the local Internet news services.

Reading these documents will give our residents a better understanding of what each department does with the reduced workforce Antioch has had since "The Great Recession."

It reminds me of what I did as the operations chief at several overseas duty stations during my Navy days and as the National Security Agency representative to the Defense Language Institute/Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey.

Last Thursday Antioch welcomed aboard six new police officers to bolster the ranks of the Police Department. Recruiting in ongoing as the city works to bring its staffing up to 102 sworn police officers.

The passage of Measure C this past November raising the sales tax in Antioch by one-half percent, which takes effect in April, will provide additional revenue to the city in its efforts to increase the number of code enforcement officers, community service officers and police officers.

The City Clerk's office received 21 applications for the Sales Tax Oversight Committee and the finance director is contacting each of the applicants to set up interviews. The nominations will be made by the mayor at an upcoming City Council meeting, which requires its consent.

It has been heartwarming to see the number of Antioch residents that have given up their Saturday mornings to participate in the monthly cleanups that take place in different parts of our community. In April, there will be a Keep Antioch Beautiful cleanup day with announcements at the council meetings and on the city website.

But there is something that those of you who can't make those events can do right in your neighborhood. For instance, on garbage day after the trash has been picked up, one of my neighbors and I take everyone's cans in so it doesn't appear that someone isn't home.

We also take the time to sweep the gutters in front of our houses that the street sweeper may have missed due to cars parked on the street. We'll also spray weed killer on those pesky weeds that like to grow in the cracks in the sidewalk and gutters to make the neighborhood look a little nicer.

It is a nice neighborly thing to do and it is a great way to meet your neighbors and build a community.

Arne Simonsen is the Antioch City Clerk. He can be contacted at arne_simonsen@att.net.