City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz plans to ask the newly re-elected Evanston City Council tonight to start giving him some direction about what issues the city should focus on during their four year term.
He’s prepared a list of 39 issues the city might try to tackle.
They include five “current major initiatives” — none of which have yet taken final shape.
Those projects include building a new ice rink facility at the Robert Crown Center, finding new uses for the lakefront Harley Clarke Mansion and the city’s former recycling center, reviving the Noyes Cultural Arts Center and helping fund an office building on a privately-owned site at Chicago Avenue and Main Street.
Economic development issues include how the city spends its economic development resources and what to do about workforce development and strengthening neighobrhood business districts.
And the city manager also identifies projects in the areas of long-range planning, public safety, planning and zoning, community services and infrastructure, among others.
As another discussion-starter city staff has prepared a 20-point SWOT-analysis of the city’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
That lists the city’s location as the first strength, taxes and affortability as the top weakness, vibratn economic development as the first opportunity and the preception of safety and crime as the top threat.
Bobkiewicz says he hopes the aldermen will schedule a special Saturday meeting on June 15 or 29 to continue the discussion.