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Plainfield Park Board to Hear From Hitchcock, Vote on Board Manual Revisions

Also on the agenda: social media policy.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
The Plainfield Park District board will meet Tuesday for its first regular meeting since the resignation of Executive Director Garrett Peck.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Plainfield Township building, 22525 W. Lockport St.

The board is set to hear presentations from Hitchcock Design, the Naperville-based consulting firm tapped by Peck to handle projects since the elimination of the park district planning department. The agenda calls for a discussion on board direction for future services with Hitchcock.

The board will also hear about plans for this year's Patriotic Picnic fireworks, slated for July.

Commissioners will vote on a proposal to establish a public social media policy, as well as revisions to the board manual.

A closed session is also slated to discuss "personnel, land acquisition and litigation as permitted under the Open Meetings Act."

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Joel Craig February 04, 2014 at 11:37 AM
What Vicki said. Different areas of village and township government (with exception of the Library who does so much with so little) have suffered for years because of either poor planning or creating a plan and not sticking to it. An in-house planning department is vital to the long-term (a term that little G or the fearsome 3never quite understood) success of the District.
Ericus Alanas February 04, 2014 at 11:38 AM
I can agree, as a consultant myself, its not something you want embedded in your department on a day-to-day basis unless you don't care about money. I can however see utilizing them on a per project basis until the planning department can successfully deliver.
Ed Arter February 04, 2014 at 11:49 AM
Three important issues here--Cost ; cost ; cost.
Vicky Polito February 04, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Ed Arter--I hope to hear something encouraging tonight about the whole Riverfront project. It has been very discouraging to see that the part of the project that dove-tails with the PTPD agenda was just sort of orphaned by the Peck administration and it'll be a damn shame if the good work so many have done for the Riverfront Foundation doesn't lead to some real things happening this year. This PTPD board majority has torn down rather than built up many relationships community wide and I hope that the relationship with the Riverfront Foundation isn't added to that shameful list.
Ericus Alanas February 04, 2014 at 12:24 PM
Ed/Larry, whenever you bring in a consulting firm to replace an in-house solution. There are a few things the client needs to know and the reasoning behind the decision. To supplement staff, ensure service-line-agreement objectivity, enhance or ensure credibility, variety of skills, legal requirements. Cost will always be more with consultants. If you find the township of Plainfield has a requirement for one of those needs, then by all means hire one or a few. Maybe even hire one to build your department back up so it can be lean and your cost will eventually be offset. otherwise, undo whatever incoherent thing peck did. obviously nobody knows why he even did it, and there is no analysis to back up this reasoning. If you have any questions, feel free to message me and I will see what I can do to help stabilize.

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