At a special City Council meeting held on Sept. 21, the ten members of the City Council – the nine aldermen and the Mayor – agreed that 12 of the many issues facing the City would be their priorities for at least the coming year. Earlier, City Manager Walter Bobkiewicz had created a list of 39 issues the City is currently facing, many of them drawn from the City’s 2007 strategic plan.


In alphabetical order, the priorities are affordable housing, budget planning, capital improvement program planning, the [Evanston] climate action plan, economic development (including the sale of water to neighboring communities and revitalizing neighborhood business districts, efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of City services, [establishing a] federal/ state/regional affairs agenda, lakefront development, [specific objectives in cooperation with] Northwestern University, the pension fund liability, repairs to the Robert Crown Center, and safety.


Mr. Bobkiewicz said he plans to provide the Council periodically with more detailed information about how to implement the ideas entailed in these priorities.


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