SLINGER — One
more hurdle has been cleared in implementing an in-depth economic
development plan for the village.
during their regular meeting at Village Hall, trustees unanimously
approved a contract with Vandewalle and Associates of Milwaukee to
help implement the economic development plan that the company
researched and presented at earlier Village Board meeting.
To aid the
village in implementing the plan, Vandewalle and Associates will be
paid a figure not to exceed $5,000 a month. Last month trustees
agreed the plan should be implemented, and staff began working with
the consultant, but some Board members wanted more information,
which was included in the contract approved Monday night.
final vote was taken Trustee Dean Otte expressed reservations about
how the contract would be paid for, but was told by other village
officials the money was already included in the village’s proposed
“We need to
decide if we want the RDA and the CDA involved,” Otte said. But
other trustees said any delay in moving ahead with the economic plan
would send the wrong message.
Otte also had
reservations as to who would oversee the development plan and make
sure it’s implemented.
committee, which includes the Village Board, will do that,” Village
Administrator Jessi Balcom said. “They (Vandewalle and Associates)
are to provide monthly reports. We can make sure everyone receives a
copy of those reports.”
said if they didn’t move ahead with approving the contract the
village would receive a bill for two months work that’s already been
working them since the Board instructed staff to implement the
plan,” Balcom said. Otte then withdrew his objections and the
contract was given final approval.
made recommendations that included:
Working with adjoining properties to enlarge Community Park.
Having village properties joined together to create more usable
Increasing the opportunity for recreational and sports facilities.
Utilizing a storm water management feature than can double as a
Creating a larger activity center with possible spill-over impacts
due to increased activity at downtown businesses.
Working with property owners to explore a mixed-use “base village”
at the foot of Little Switzerland.