LA GRANGE – The La Grange 2020 Task Force presented their most recent strategic plan to enhance and preserve the quality of life in the village at a Board of Trustees meeting Monday.
The plan is comprised of five strategic pillars, according to a report provided by the task force. Each pillar – economic development, community vitality, core services, infrastructure and finance – help identify key areas of focus for village staff and the board, as well as to outline priority-based recommendations for the coming years.
The plan's economic development pillar calls for the village to continue to find way to innovate in it's attraction of new and diverse business for the Downtown Business District along La Grange Road, to provide financial incentives for the continued development of the village's West End district along the rail road tracks and the East Avenue industrial area. Additional marketed was also recommended to make people aware of the village's award-winning status and to clearly mark La Grange's boundaries with signs for those entering the village.
For the second pillar, community vitality, the task force proposed an emphasis better communication between businesses, residents, government and area nonprofits. The plan also suggested La Grange update its current website to better communicate with residents and business owners, as well as the possible relocation of the La Grange Farmers Market. Additional events in La Grange were called for, including movie nights, street fests and concerts.
The task force also called for returning the village's fire and police departments to fully staff status. Vacancies in both departments have gone unfilled in recent years staffed fire and police departments. The task force also recommends the creation of a joint dispatch center in partnership with Western Springs and La Grange Park.
The task force's plan for La Grange's infrastructure – made up of streets, public facilities and water and sewer systems – calls for those systems to be maintained and improved to help raise the village's functionality. The task force noted the aging nature of several of the village's core infrastructures and called on the village to create a comprehensive management assessment to monitor updates and improvements to the village's systems.
The final pillar, finance, calls for a review of ways to increase the village's revenues, and challenges the current cost base and promotes future funding for infrastructure needs.
Formed from a representative group of La Grange residents, the task force met for over nine months to develop its most recent plan to the board. The plan is designed to serve as a road map for trustees in defining the board's priorities.
Read and review the La Grange 2020 plan online at the village's website at www.villageoflagrange.com.