CALUMET CITY | The city is asking residents for their help in developing long-term goals, an effort spurred by a $50,000 grant from the Chciago Metropolitan Planning Commission.
The grant will be used to support the efforts of a new planning commission that consists of business and community officials, and Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush said Thursday the commission wants information about what the public thinks the future of the city ought to be.
To that end, surveys have been sent to all residents asking questions such as what people think of the quality of services such as police protection, garbage collection and park and school districts for the area, along with what the city’s biggest challenge is and what its major focus ought to be. An online version of the survey is also available at calumetcity2013.wordpress.com.
Officials set a hearing for 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Calumet City Public Library, 600 N. Manistee Ave., where results of the survey will be made public and people can ask questions about the process.
“We really do want to hear from people,” Qualkinbush said. “We are curious to get the input of so many sources as to what the future of our city ought to be.”
The planning commission, chaired by Mike Hoffman of Teska Associates, has already met once in September, and will meet again some time next month to discuss the survey results.
The mayor said she’s particularly interested in questions that would gauge local interest in bicycle paths and more environmentally-friendly opportunities within Calumet City. “It will be interesting to see how important that is to people,” she said.
In other business, the City Council on Thursday voted 6-0 (3rd Ward Alderman Thaddeus Jones was tending to duties in Springfield as a state representative) to approve three payments to Waste Management, which handles city garbage pickup.
A $152,451.13 payment covers the cost of garbage pickup for September, while a $4,044 payment was made for the cost of extra garbage toters. The city also paid $5,836.35 for roll-off charges.
Also, Qualkinbush noted that the South Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police earlier this month chose Police Chief Edward L. Gilmore to be its new president for the upcoming year.