The Normal Town Council will be hosting a Citizen Summit Workshop Thursday, Dec. 5 from 6-9 p.m. in the Social Room of the Normal Community Activity Center.

This workshop is open to the public.  Attendees will be assigned to a discussion team.

Town Council members will be present and will be participating as observers. 

While the discussion is intended for the public to discuss the town’s needs, such as water, sewer and road projects and police protection, it is also a time for community members to express their wants. 

Council member Stan Nord said that the event will be completely led by the citizens with the help of a facilitator. Nord further explained that the council will have no authority over the direction of the discussions.  

“My only expectation coming out of it is that we will have a very broad and diverse understanding of what the community at large would like to see,” Nord said. 

“Often members of the community may complain about decisions that have been made and one of the common responses is that we explain that they had an opportunity to talk at some other public event and waiting until it gets to the town council level is often too late … this is the opportunity for people to speak.”

The purpose of the Citizen Summit is for the Normal Town Council to receive input from the Community Stakeholders.  This input will go toward the Town Council’s Strategic Plan — Vision, Mission, Goals and Actions.

KELLIE FOY is a News Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at  Follow her on Twitter at @kellie_foy 

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