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July 11, 2008 - Strategic Planning

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.

Top Achievements 2006

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:

  1. Belmont Underpass
  2. Watershed improvements
  3. Fire Station 2
  4. Ethics ordinance
  5. Institutionalization of strategic planning
  6. EDC : Development and economic expansion
  7. Financial condition of Village government
  8. Outreach to citizens
  9. Organization aligning with mission and core beliefs

Basic Realities

Mr. Sumek reviewed the following realities:

  1. Increased commuters and bike use
  2. Residents in the downtown
  3. Winter impact on Village streets
  4. Tree canopy threat and bugs
  5. Concern about economy
  6. 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.

Goals 2013

Council was asked to rank previously established goals according to importance. The results were:

  1. Top Quality Village Infrastructure and Facilities
  2. Strong, Diverse Local Economy
  3. Exceptional Municipal Organization
  4. Vibrant Major Corridors
  5. Preservation of Our Residential and Neighborhood Character
  6. 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