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Mayor Invites Residents to Informal Neighborhood Meetings

In an effort to make city policy as open to the public as possible, Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering invites residents to join her and members of the city's other governing bodies for informal conversations.

We at City Hall are committed to communication, accessibility and collaboration. Our annual Neighborhood Meetings provide an easy opportunity for community members to share their thoughts, ideas and concerns.

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Starting this week, representatives of the City and our sister governments will come together for these informal conversations. You set the agenda. Join us at whatever meeting works within your schedule. Meeting times, dates and locations are below: 

  • Wednesday, September 19: 7:00 p.m.; City Hall, Pre-Session Conference Room, 1707 St. Johns Avenue
  • Thursday, September 27: 7:00 p.m.; Highland Park Police Department, Training Room, 1677 Old Deerfield Road
  • Wednesday, October 3: 2:00 p.m.; Highland Park Police Department, Training Room, 1677 Old Deerfield Road
  • Thursday, October 4: 7:00 p.m.; Northwood Jr. High School, 945 North Avenue
  • Thursday, October 11: 7:00 p.m.; Ravinia Elementary School, 763 Dean Avenue
  • Tuesday, October 16: 7:00 p.m.; Ravines Condominium Complex (Ft. Sheridan Neighborhood), 3535 Patten Road
  • Wednesday, October 17: 7:00 p.m.; Highland Park Library, 494 Laurel Avenue
  • Tuesday, October 30: 7:00 p.m.; Sherwood School, 1900 Stratford Road

For more information, please contact Luke Banaszak in the City Manager's Office at 847-926-1030 or lbanaszak@cityhpil.com.

Can't make a meeting, but still have something you want us to know about? Feel free to click here to email me, any Councilman, or the City Manager. Click here to contact NSSD112Township High School Dist. 113Park DistrictHP Library,Moraine TownshipWest Deerfield TownshipLake County, Illinois Representative Karen May and Illinois Senator Susan Garrett

Thank you in advance for your input.

Nancy Rotering
Highland Park Mayor 

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forest barbieri September 19, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Superb Goverance!
mike belsky September 20, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Forest, These meetings were tried in the past per then Councilman Rotering's request and had very little participation. In some cases nobody showed up. The best case was about 20 people. The average was one to two. If I were doing this again I would make it much more specific and tie it to budget discussions. That is, while obviously getting citizen's input there should be information about any public works investments(e.g. street resurfacing,storm sewers, water mains ) zoning changes or proposed developments specific to the neighborhood where the meeting takes place. In addition, a discussion on the commitment of services to the area could be disccused such as policing(i.e. patrols and the crime statistics in the area, fires protection coverage). Finally, encouragement and reminders on how people can participate in the City's Sustainability Plans would be good as well in that the only way to really reduce our carbon footprint is at the household level. This specificity would then provide citizen input as to whether the investments above are warranted or require modifications. The last time around we wasted alot of council and staff time on these meetings. Another way for the Mayor to get in touch, if she is not doing this is to have an open door on weekends and evenings as I found this to be a great way to get input and help people wend there way through city government.
Sheldon Langer September 20, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Excellent Accessibility. No excuses for any resident who has issues of not getting answers to their questions or needs. Keep up the "great" work , Mayor Rotering !
alan donahue September 21, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Nancy Rotering should be required to defend her mayorship in an MMA-style arena against all-comers 2 times a year in Port Clinton square. Until then, she is just a puppet working for the man.
forest barbieri September 21, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Mike: I feel that the open events provide a superb opportunity for residents to interact with their city officials. This type of open governance is to be commended. However, there is no doubt you are right in that few will take part in these open meetings and the few that do, will be the same group recycling with similar impute. That is the conundrum that we have. We want open accessible government but then we are too busy or there is not a flash point topic to get us to attend, knowing someone else will surely be there. Besides we have soccer, dance, and other activities that give us an easy out. I also like the open door idea however, I am not sure we pay her enough to give up even more family time as likely she also has soccer, dance et al with her family.

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