The Normal Town Council created a new strategic plan last month to improve and maintain Normal’s vitality for the future.
The strategic plan can be broken down into three categories consisting of the policy agenda, the management agenda and the strategic plan.
Also, within each agenda the town council has labeled three levels of priorities for each undergoing.
The three levels of priority include top, high and moderate.
A few of the top priorities for the policy agenda are to plan and fund the fire stations, pension funding, getting the general fund reserve level to 15 percent, the Uptown Circle project, an update to the Uptown plan and a direction on soccer facilities.
“Most communities like to have a healthy general fund reserve,” Sally Heffernan, assistant to the city manager, said.
“In case we did have an economic downturn in the economy, as we did in 2008, or for some reason we are not getting the sales tax or levy tax in, there is a reserve for when the economy is not doing well.”
The Federal Aviation Administration has told the Central Illinois Regional Airport the current soccer facility has to be decommissioned in a few years due to its close proximity to the airport.
The direction of the soccer fields would be to partake in a public-private partnership to fund a soccer field in Normal and a community center in Bloomington, Heffernan said.
A few high priorities on the policy agenda include the future needs of the Normal Public Library, an economic development policy and an assessment of the sanitary sewer fund.
Some of the top priorities for the management agenda include a comprehensive communication plan, governmental software replacement, a comprehensive facilities plan and the redevelopment opportunities of One Normal Plaza.
High priorities on the strategic plan include a social media policy and the extension of the Constitution Trail among others.
A moderate priority in this strategic plan is to attract a grocery store to Uptown Normal.
“All of these items in the way are aimed at the long term viability of the community,” Heffernan said.
“I think that is always important in any planning process. We can’t just look at what’s happening today, tomorrow, but we need to plan ahead for five, 10, 15 and even 20 years down the road.”
At the start of the fiscal year on April 1 the strategic plan will go into effect.
A completion date for all of the priorities on the strategic plan has not yet been decided, but the town council is developing a list currently to narrow down the timeline.