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Consultant to help Orland with strategic plan

Dan McLaughlmayor OrlPark

Dan McLaughlin, mayor of Orland Park

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Updated: March 21, 2013 6:23AM



Orland Park trustees on Monday agreed to hire a Chicago consulting firm to help create a strategic plan for the village.

SmithBucklin Corp. would initially survey village officials, including trustees and department heads, as well as community leaders outside of village government to map out goals for the village, Mayor Dan McLaughlin said. Results of those surveys would be discussed at a later meeting, he said.

Once the goals or priorities have been established, the village would create a performance management program to measure how the objectives are being achieved, according to Paul Grimes, village manager.

SmithBucklin will be paid $8,250 for its services, with the work being done this spring.

The firm will assist village officials to identify “2-5 strategic initiatives which will be achieved during the next 3-5 years which will have the greatest impact” on the village and residents, according to a proposal by the company.

McLaughlin said that, at this stage, it was difficult to predict what form the strategic plan might take. It could be useful, he said, for allocating money for infrastructure improvements, such as street repairs, when village officials compile the annual budget.

Separately, a village board committee is recommending that trustees approve spending a little more than $1.1 million to relocate overhead power lines along sections of LaGrange Road. Electric lines would be buried in the section from 144th Place to 147th Street, as well as at 135th and 167th streets.

The work would be done in advance of the widening of LaGrange Road, which is expected to get under way later this year.

Previously, as part of the LaGrange and 143rd Street reconstruction, overhead lines were buried along a stretch of 143rd between Southwest Highway and John Humphrey Drive. Overhead lines running along LaGrange between Southwest Highway and 144th Place also were relocated.



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