Oglesby wants to increase its green space, tear down a 95-year-old water tower, reopen the Vermilion River to the boating public and maybe even change its form of government.

They won't do it all tomorrow, of course, or even in 2010. This wish list is part of a comprehensive plan being hammered out to help guide Oglesby deep into the 21st century.

A draft of the comprehensive plan was put on display at an open house Thursday at Oglesby's city hall. On Oct. 22, the plan commission will have a public hearing to give the public one last chance to weigh in on the document to be presented for council improvement.

Ken Ficek, chairman of the plan commission, said the most recent comprehensive plan was adopted in 1956 - another plan was presented to the city council, but not adopted, in 1985 - and commissioners hope to resolve some longstanding issues.

Not least among these are boundaries. Oglesby's borders bump up against those in five communities, and the neighbors' 1½-mile territorial jurisdiction makes local control a fuzzy matter indeed.

"What we'd like to do is to get the communities to sit down and agree on where everyone's going to be," Ficek said.

The comprehensive plan spells out goals in eight areas: economic development, natural resources, transportation, parks and open spaces, community facilities, demographics, land use and environment.

The plan also identifies specific goals, some long-term and some that city officials hope to realize within three years. They include:

- Enhance signage (particularly on Route 251) and establish uniform standards

- Obtain (through purchase or trade) the old Lehigh Cement quarry on the city's northeast side

n Share fire and EMS services with surrounding communities

- Start a rental inspection program

- Adopt a property management code

- Develop a capital improvement program

- Explore changing the commission form of government to an aldermanic form

-Explore changing the commission form of government to an aldermanic form

- Provide the city's electric service to Illinois Valley Community College

- Create a soccer field and dog park

Thursday's meeting was poorly attended and organizers had no way of gauging how many resi-dents looked at the comprehensive plan online. (The plan remains available for viewing at the Oglesby City Hall and www.ncicg.org.)

Two attendees from the public looked over the sprawling plan and found some laudable goals and recommendations.

"I think it's a very good plan to work for," said Dorothy Debosik.

"It's commendable that they're trying to find solutions to perceived problems," said Pam Skoporc.

Anyone with suggestions, questions or comments is asked to bring them to the public hearing scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Immediately following the public hearing, a special meeting of the plan commission will take place.

- Provide the city's electric service to Illinois Valley Community College

- Create a soccer field and dog park

Thursday's meeting was poorly attended and organizers had no way of gauging how many residents looked at the comprehensive plan online. (The plan remains available for viewing at the Oglesby City Hall and www.ncicg.org.)

Two attendees from the public looked over the sprawling plan and found some laudable goals and recommendations.

"I think it's a very good plan to work for," said Dorothy Debosik.

"It's commendable that they're trying to find solutions to perceived problems," said Pam Skoporc.

Anyone with suggestions, questions or comments is asked to bring them to the public hearing scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Immediately following the public hearing, a special meeting of the plan commission will take place.

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