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Glen Carbon Board receives final strategic plan

By Kathy Turner

The Glen Carbon Village Board on Tuesday, March 14, received a presentation by James Arndt, President and CEO of Arndt Municipal Support, Inc. outlining the Village’s new Strategic Plan.

The plan has been in the development stage since January of this year. It involved a six-hour planning session with board members and village administrators to produce the finalized documents presented on Tuesday. The result is a mission statement and six identified goals for the next three years.

The mission statement of the Village is “Provide a high quality of life in a safe and thriving community.” The six goals and the identified immediate objectives for each were identified as:

Pursue Village-wide infrastructure improvements. This will include completion of the water treatment facility design, begin construction of the water treatment facility, construct a second phase of the wastewater interceptor, develop an ongoing storm sewer and street maintenance plan, and design and construct village hall security upgrades.

Continue to support and promote public safety. This will include financially supporting vehicle and technology upgrades for the police department, pursuing grant support to fully staff the department, develop plans with the communications manager to promote public safety and enhance the village’s cybersecurity efforts.

Continue to enhance and improve village parks and recreational opportunities. This will include implanting the village parks and trail plan under development, planning a park and/or recreational trail on the east side of the village, completing the next phase of Schon Park, and identifying cost-effective improvements to Miner Park.

Develop and implement community development programs. Plans include developing a Hometown Heroes Program for all military branches, promoting distinguished valor recipients, creating a village employee veterans’ recognition program, and developing an active business marketing and retention program.

Promote village opportunities, events, business partners and accomplishments. This will focus on the promotion of the village mission statement, its logo, and community and cultural events.

Finally, develop, implement and financially support employee-centric programs. This will include not only financial support of the village departments, but also developing community volunteer programs to promote community involvement as well as volunteer opportunities for local schools and SIUE students.

The village has assigned ‘champions’ of each goal to assure that there is regular review and assessment of the progress of objectives.

In other business, the Board approved a rezoning request for the property located at 136 N. Main Street. This changed the zoning from single-family residential to two-family residential.

They also approved a special use permit for the owners of the property at 315 Star Lane. Property owners requested the special use permit to allow them to rent the property for short-term rentals.

J & M Displays will provide the fireworks for the 2023 Homecoming. Total cost is $10,250. The homecoming will be held Father’s Day weekend in June.

Finally, the board approved an addendum to the agreement between the Village and the Fraternal Order of Police Union identifying the former telecommunications supervisor position as the Lead Telecommunicator instead.

The next meeting of the board will be held on Tuesday, March 28.

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