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Woodstock readies capital improvement plan for council, public view

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 9:57 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Projects as big as a $1 million sewer improvement and as small as resealing park basketball courts were passed along to Woodstock City Council Tuesday night as a part of the five-year capital improvement plan, a city wish list as varied as it is long.

The annual update to the plan helps Woodstock prioritize needs, puts new projects on the city's radar and ballparks the money that could be needed for specific work.

"I've always called it the city's Christmas list because it lists everything the city might need or want," City Manager Roscoe Stelford said. "But it also helps prioritize those things."

City staff prioritizes projects from A, or urgent, through D, or deferrable. The list includes not only new and major improvement projects but also routine maintenance work.

They're prioritized according to their "perceived economic and operational necessity in relation to the anticipated communitywide benefits to be gained," according to the 264-page document.

This year, the five-year plan includes 113 projects totaling $52.6 million, an amount that far outstretches funds available to pay for them.

City Council members will next review the capital improvement plan and discuss changes to priorities at a future meeting.

They'll check if there are, "certain things that are A, B that they feel are more C, D that should be pushed down," Stelford said.

Once set, the document helps guide staff in spending city money. If funds cover all 'A' projects, staff will move on to 'B' projects, and so on, Stelford said.

The capital improvement plan is available to view in full at City Hall and the Woodstock Public Library, and will soon be on the city's website at www.woodstockil.gov, officials said Tuesday.

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