Residents will soon have an opportunity to shape the future with the La Grange 2020 Task Force, which convenes this fall in preparation for the village’s 135th anniversary.
The La Grange Village Board approved the task force’s members, which include everyone from corporate executives to community volunteers, during Monday’s meeting.
The committee is expected to meet once a month from September through May to offer its thoughts on issues including economic development, village infrastructure and public safety.
“This is a chance to take a moment in time over the next six months, embrace what we have and look ahead,” Village President Tom Livingston said.
The village received applications from many more residents than it could accommodate on the team, Livingston said. Thirty-five people made the final cut. Diane Gormely-Barnes will serve as the chair.
Although village trustees may attend the task force’s meetings, they will be allowed only to listen to the proceedings.
Several trustees expressed their support for the discussions.
“I think La Grange is genuinely at a crossroads,” Trustee Dave McCarty said. “I think this commission could be critical in making sure we stay on a successful path.”
Both he and Trustee Jim Palermo encouraged residents to share their strategic thoughts about the village with the task force.
“I’ve always found people are very generous with their opinions,” Palermo said. “If you let them know you’re serving on this commission, you’ll certainly get some.”The task force is scheduled to hold its first meeting at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Village Hall. All of the meetings will be open to the public.