In case anyone was wondering what the answer to The $95,400 Question No One Asked is, the answer appears to be: $282,100.
Last night council heard an excellent presentation by Houseal Lavigne Associates, LLC of Naperville, IL. While the council was just being presented with an overview of what services and capabilities Houseal could bring to DG, there were several comments and questions from council members that show they are serious about getting going on:
- Strategic Planning
- Comprehensive Use plan
Houseal is already working with the village on the Downtown Pattern Book, a document still in paste up form, but that looks very well thought out and comprehensive in it’s own right (see The Planner’s Progress). John Houseal, while having worked our Planning Deaprtment, made a presentation more or less as a cold call, showing what his company could do, and how they could do it.
In particular, he zeroed in on the Total Community Development 3 discussions, and the Comprehensive Plan that has laid fallow for over 45 years. These are areas that his company and DG staff have talked over, and that Landseal can be a pretty big help with.
It looks like North Start Destination Strategies will be hired by the village at $95,400, to handle branding. There was discussion about Lyle Sumek Associates, Inc., who has acted as strategic planning and team building facilitator/moderator in the past, and may continue for another $25,000 this year.
The green sheets on Houseal call for Comprehensive Plan services for $111,700, and TCD3 services for $50,000. Houseal appears willing to tie those two, maybe, together with branding and planning, depending on what council decides. In the bargain, those three consultant groups may interface with Downtown Management, DG Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Economic Development Corporation, to sort out needs, desires, turf, all kinds of potentially interesting things.
That brings the total for outside consultants help for figuring out who we want to be, where we are going, and where we should be going, to $282,100.