Strategic plans take shape

By on January 15, 2009

by Susan O’Neill

The Sugar Grove Village Board had on Jan. 6 what may be, for now, its final discussion regarding strategic plan priorities. These items were originally identified at a strategic planning retreat in March 2008.

Board members had individually ranked more than 50 items on four separate lists; termed short-term simple, short-term complex, long-term simple and long-term complex. During the past several months, they have taken time during a number of Committee of the Whole meetings to tweak, consolidate and eliminate items.

“It’s not like these things will be accomplished tomorrow,” Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger said. “Some things will take years, if we get to them at all.”

However, he said that as the trustees and village staff review the budget, the lists help to focus everyone on what the goals and objectives are for the village.

Among the long-term complex priorities are achieving a full interchange at the intersection of Interstate 88 and Route 47, advocating expansion and improvement of routes 30, 47 and 56, adding another industrial park parcel next to the existing industrial park and seeing a Metra station built and operational.

“Now, it’s just about setting the groundwork—planting the seeds,” Village President Sean Michels said. “It gives us a way to plan for the future, and not just rest on our laurels. We have a vision. We’ve thought things through.”

The lists should be in a workable format soon, Eichelberger said.