Planners Jared Patton and Tony Manno of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency Planning, or CMAP, presented their Planning Priorities Report to the Sandwich City Council at Monday's Committee of the Whole meeting.

Patton and Manno made three recommendations to the city:  first, create a new comprehensive plan for Sandwich and the surrounding area.

Second, improve municipal budgeting practices and adopt a capital improvement plan, and third, conduct a quiet zone feasibility study for the BNSF Railway.

Patton spoke about the railroad quiet zone.

Alderman Fred Kreinbrink asked Manno if CMAP itself could write a new Comprehensive Plan for the city.  Here's Manno's response.

The city is scheduled to approve the CMAP Planning Priorities Report at next Monday's regular meeting, but some aldermen said they needed more time to read the plan and discuss it.

Here's alderman Kreinbrink:

Alderman Les Redden agreed with Kreinbrink about needing more time to study the CMAP report.

The CMAP report was posted to the city's web site some time last week, but neither Redden or Kreinbrink saw the report until Monday.

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