Consultant Lyle Sumek, Lyle Sumek Associates, Inc. welcomed those present to the strategic planning session at 5:05 p.m. at Fire Station 2, 5420, Main Street.
Present: Mayor Ron Sandack; Commissioners Marilyn Schnell, Martin Tully, William Waldack (arr. 5:15 p.m.), Sean P. Durkin, Geoff Neustadt, Bruce E. Beckman
Staff: Acting Village Manager Dave Fieldman; Assistant Village Manager Mike Baker; Village Attorney Enza Petrarca; Director of Communications Doug Kozlowski; Village Clerk April Holden; Management Analyst Megan Bourke; Information Services Director Liangfu Wu; Director of Counseling and Social Services Andy Matejcak; Interim Public Works Director Robin Weaver; Director of Community Development Tom Dabareiner; Director of Human Resources Wesley Morgan; Police Chief Robert Porter; Fire Chief Phil Ruscetti; Management Analyst Brandon Dieter; Community Events Director Mary Scalzetti; Finance Director Judy Buttny
Consultant: Lyle Sumek, Lyle Sumek Associates, Inc.
Residents: John Schofield, Tim Meaney, Mark Thoman
Mr. Sumek outlined the agenda for session, including a discussion and review of the top achievements of 2006, realities for 2008, and important goals for next year as identified by each Council member.
Mr. Sumek reviewed and Council discussed the top achievements in terms of how they fit into the vision/goals, what was accomplished in 2007-2008, their value to citizens and why each achievement is a success:
- Belmont Underpass
- Watershed improvements
- Fire Station 2
- Ethics ordinance
- Institutionalization of strategic planning
- EDC : Development and economic expansion
- Financial condition of Village government
- Outreach to citizens
- Organization aligning with mission and core beliefs
Mr. Sumek reviewed the following realities:
- Increased commuters and bike use
- Residents in the downtown
- Winter impact on Village streets
- Tree canopy threat and bugs
- Concern about economy
- Greening Village operation
In terms of looking to the future, Council members were asked to list three objectives for next year. Council discussed these matters:
Commissioner Schnell – Comprehensive Plan, Ogden Avenue Sidewalks, Search for Village Manager, Village Buildings
Commissioner Tully – Plan and funding in place for new Village Hall and Police Department, Initiate and complete Stormwater Utility; Historic Preservation ordinance finalized and certified; Comprehensive Master Plan
Commissioner Durkin – Underpass and stormwater; continued review of expenses and look at investments; review Village Hall plans
Commissioner Neustadt – Hire Village Management and Public Works Director; funding for new Civic Center; information boards around the Village; look at business corridors
Commissioner Beckman – Comprehensive Master Plan implementation; strategy of new Village Hall and Police Department, new Village Manager; maintain infrastructure program; maintain strong fiscal oversight
Commissioner Waldack – Various Transportation Systems; Economic Development in major corridors and railroad corridor on Fairview; neighborhood initiatives; Village Manager and employee morale
Mayor Sandack – Infrastructure implementation and Public Works resources and personnel; budget process (frugal and responsible); TCD 3 ; Comprehensive Plan; Pattern Book; Economic Development; 63rd & Woodward; hiring of Village Manager
Staff made a presentation regarding major issues in each of their departments.
Council was asked to rank previously established goals according to importance. The results were:
- Top Quality Village Infrastructure and Facilities
- Strong, Diverse Local Economy
- Exceptional Municipal Organization
- Vibrant Major Corridors
- Preservation of Our Residential and Neighborhood Character
- Authentic Downtown – The Heart of Our Community
Mr. Sumek thanked everyone for their participation and reviewed the agenda for the next day’s meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.
April K. Holden Village Clerk