In St. Charles, residents are served by a variety of governmental agencies that work diligently to provide high quality services, programs, and facilities for the community. These agencies include the City, Park District, Library District, School District, Township, and County. With all of these entities providing services, it can be difficult to understand who is responsible for what. For that reason, it is important that the local government representatives communicate regularly regarding their programs and activities. The current economic climate will also force more government entities to look at working more closely to serve common populations.
In St. Charles, intergovernmental meetings are held on a monthly basis. Representatives from the City of St. Charles, St. Charles Park District, St. Charles Library District, St. Charles Community School District, St. Charles Township, and Kane County get together to discuss new projects, upcoming events, organizational initiatives, or other news. The meeting location rotates between city, school, park, and library facilities.
At the July 8th meeting, the following items were among those discussed:
- the establishment of a St. Charles Arts Council;
- the status of the Arcada Theatre marquee project;
- bids for the Pottawatomie Park pool improvements;
- the planning for Belgium Town Park (located on N. 9th Street);
- the announced retirement of Park District Executive Director Jim Breen;
- the school district’s expanded role in upgrading and maintaining the pool facility at the Norris Recreation Center; and
- the library’s proposed building expansion program and community outreach efforts.
These meetings are a wonderful opportunity to get together, network, and communicate. During conversations that I have had with colleagues from other cities and villages, they have expressed admiration for the efforts that we take to work collaboratively. These meetings are just one example of how committed government officials are to serving the residents of the community.