DeKalb calls for resident input on sustainability plan

DeKALB – The City of DeKalb Citizen Environmental Commission is seeking public input on its proposed Sustainability Plan for the city.

The plan is a dynamic document designed to guide policy makers, organizations, businesses, and residents of DeKalb in making the city a more vibrant and environmentally sustainable community. A sustainable community is one that meets the resource needs of its current residents without compromising the capacity for future generations to meet their own needs.

The proposed goals and recommended actions in the plan tend to be broadly written so as to permit adequate flexibility as needs or conditions change. The final adopted plan will be monitored and reviewed continuously by the commission and updated as required. The Citizen Environmental Commission is a group of volunteers appointed by the mayor and charged with examining, studying, and identifying issues related to the environment and reporting them to the city council. It also advises and makes recommendations to the council either upon request or as a result of its own deliberations.

The commission’s next meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11. In the future, the commission will meet on the first Thursday of every month at 4:30 p.m. in the Haish conference room on the second floor of the DeKalb Municipal Building. Visitors are welcome to attend all meetings.

DeKalb residents are encouraged to provide written comments on the proposed plan during this phase of its development. A copy of the plan can be found on the City of DeKalb website, www.cityofdekalb.com; in the city clerk’s office at city hall, or at the DeKalb Public Library’s reference desk.

Written comments should be sent to Jennifer Diedrich, City Liaison for the Commission, no later than Monday, Sept. 8. The comments may be mailed, emailed or faxed to Jennifer Diedrich, Economic Development Coordinator, City of DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115; jdiedrich@cityofdekalb.com; or fax 815-748-2090.

Questions concerning the plan or the review process may be directed to Diedrich at 815-748- 2365 or at the above email address.

All written comments must be legibly signed and dated by the author to be considered for inclusion in the plan. Also, a contact telephone number or email address must be provided to facilitate clarification of comments if needed. After all comments have been received, they will be grouped together by content and summarized for the commission members. After their review and possible incorporation into the document, all contact information, including names, telephone numbers, and email addresses, will be destroyed.

This call for comments is an opportunity for all residents of DeKalb to help shape the future of the city by promoting environmental policies and actions that use limited resources wisely.

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