Village officials early this week are expected to receive a 30-page report from the consultant who led the recent citizens summit that gave residents a chance to weigh in on the strategic plan the village has been crafting since late last year.
Lyle Sumek, the Palm Coast-based consultant, said the report will also include a two-page summary highlighting the common themes that ran through the group. The plan outlines the village’s operating guidelines through the next 15 years.
More than 40 residents participated in the summit, held April 11 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center.
Councilman Richard Valuntas said at Thursday’s council meeting that the summit was informative.
“I learned a lot, and it really helped me look through the process we’re doing,” Valuntas said.
Village Manager Ray Liggins said once the residents’ input is received, the village will have to determine whether the information differs from what’s already in the plan. If there are any differences, Liggins said the council will decide whether to incorporate the information in the current plan or save it for when the plan is updated early next year.
Liggins said the plan should be finalized in June. It also will be updated annually.
“We want to do this every year before we do our budget so if we’re in a situation where we have to prioritize how dollars are spent, we can refer to the plan,” Liggins said.
By the end of the year, Liggins said he needs to come up with a way for the plan to be updated.
As for Sumek, once he submits his report, it’s unclear whether his work with the village is done.
“It’s up to them to make the call,” said Sumek, who has worked with Jupiter and Delray Beach on their strategic plans. “Most of the cities I work with, we have one session after (the residents’ meeting) where we review and tweak the plan. But that will be up to the village.”
While Liggins said the village hasn’t made that decision yet, his preference is to bring Sumek back in December or January when the plan is updated.