February 19, 2014 | 10:15 AM
As part of the steps necessary to create a comprehensive plan, the Laconia Town Council will have a public workshop tomorrow (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at the Laconia Community Center.
Tom Huckaby, town council president, encourages those who have ideas about how Laconia can improve or what new services or facilities they'd like to see in the town to attend. Input is wanted about how to make Laconia's public space clean, safe and more attractive, as well as comments about housing, business growth or other development in the southwestern Harrison County town that has a population, according to the last census, of 50.
"We need your help to identify community concerns as we develop a comprehensive plan to guide us into the future," Huckaby said.
The town received a $40,000 planning grant for the project. (Laconia has to provide a $4,445 match.) Most of the money for the grant is provided by the Community Development Block Grant program, a federal program that, in this case, will be administered by the Indiana Office of Community of Rural Affairs.
The comprehensive plan will be driven by public input.
"Successful planning will require that residents and business owners of Laconia and Boone Township share their thoughts on how Laconia can improve its housing, physical appearance and public facilities," Huckaby said. "This plan will be the community's roadmap for the next 20 years."
People of all ages are encouraged to attend tomorrow's workshop. This follows a workshop by the steering committee, that was also open to the public, last month. Taylor Siefker Williams design group is facilitating the process.
"We want to make Laconia a better place to live, raise a family and enjoy the atmosphere of living in a small town," Huckaby said. "We invite everyone in the community to bring their own ideas to this process."
For more information or other opportunities for input, contact Huckaby by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 737-2480.