DeKalb to hold community meetings for strategic 10-year plan


DeKalb Mayor John Rey speaks during a City Council meeting April 13.

By Northern Star staff

City officials will hold a series of meetings in which community members will be able to share their ideas about the future of DeKalb.

Residents, students, workers and employers are invited to contribute to all seven meetings, which will be attended by City Manager Marie Gaura and Assistant City Manager Patty Hoppenstedt, according to a City of DeKalb news release. The NIU Center for Governmental Studies will document the conversations and organize them into a single 10-year strategic plan, which will be available for review in September, according to the City of DeKalb.

“We want a vision of DeKalb that is meaningful to everyone, and we also want to hear the ideas people have for realizing that vision,” said DeKalb Mayer John Rey, according to the City of DeKalb.

The meetings will each be 90 minutes long and will be held at the following times and locations:

• Tuesday, 7 p.m., Hopkins Park Community Center, 1403 Sycamore Road.

• Wednesday, 2 p.m., Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, 231 N. Annie Glidden Road.

• July 21, 7 p.m., Faranda’s Banquet Hall, 302 Grove St.

• July 24, 10 a.m., DeKalb Wesleyan Church, 1115 S. Malta Road.

• July 25, 10 a.m., New Hope Baptist Church, 1201 Twombly Road.

• July 27, 2 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 900 Normal Road.

• July 30, 7 p.m., River Heights Golf Course Banquet Hall, 1020 Sharon Drive.

An online survey will be available for those unable to attend the meetings.