Evanston aldermen are scheduled to vote on a strategic plan for the city when they meet Monday night.

The plan, a major goal for City Manager Julia Carroll’s first year in office, has been in the works almost since she started the job in February 2005.

The aldermen and city department heads spent Saturday morning, March 18, editing what was intended to be the final draft of the document. Among other things, they rejected adding a 14th goal and stuck with 13, ignoring the traditional unlucky associations of that number.

Despite — or perhaps because of — all the editing, the document is riddled with grammatical errors and awkward phrasing. Even the one-sentence mission statement has a word missing in the version distributed by the city this morning.

The plan groups its 13 goals under three headings — economic viability, strenghening community and environmental sustainability.

Under the goals are a total of 52 objectives that the plan says “are to be started, if not accomplished, in the next 24 months.”

The full text of the latest draft of the plan is attached below.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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