City Manager Ghida Neukirch introduced an aggressive 2018 work plan at the City Council meeting on Monday, January 8, 2018. The plan details more than 120 major projects and initiatives requiring innovative solutions that will achieve effective and efficient improvements for the Community. These major projects are outside of the regular day-to-day operations which remain a priority. The 2018 work plan was formulated with a focus on the City Council’s core priorities of public safety, fiscal stability, infrastructure investment, and community vibrancy. With the City Council’s policy guidance, City staff work collaboratively on work plan objectives to best serve residents, businesses and visitors.
The defined projects for 2018 include initiatives affecting the public, actions anticipated for City Council approval and other significant department initiatives outside of the City’s day-to-day operations. Key initiatives include: planning for the City’s HP150 sesquicentennial celebration in 2019; upgrading the City Hall audio/visual equipment to broadcast and record public meetings in high definition; measuring and setting a citywide greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal as part of the City’s Sustainability Plan; developing a 5-year streetscape, wayfinding and gateway plan for the Central Business District; installation of street lights in the Ravinia Business District; engineering and installation of a City fiber infrastructure network; security improvements along the Robert McClory Bike Path; and installing electronic information kiosks within the Central Business District.
“Our employees take great pride in all the work that they do. We strive to provide high quality and responsive customer service. The City’s work plan is a transparent and proactive approach in meeting the needs of residents, businesses and visitors,” City Manager Ghida Neukirch said. “We look forward to making great progress in the year ahead and always welcome public feedback on our work efforts.”
The 2018 work plan can be found at www.cityhpil.com/workplan. Initiatives and projects are organized by department and will be updated on the City’s website and presented to the City Council on a quarterly basis.