The Village of Mount Pleasant Strategic Plan 2020-2024 took one year to complete. Beginning in 2018, seven elected officials, 36 appointed officials, one administrator, seven department heads, 20 managers, three outside consultants and approximately 140 employees spent six months creating the vision, mission and values utilizing input from the public. Each one of the village’s committees, commissions and boards participated.
Three public open houses were held in 2018 and 2019 where numerous citizens assisted with reviewing the vision, mission, values and developing goals. A citizen survey further helped clarify the goals. Each year since 2019, the village updates its strategies and tactics to stay true to the adopted vision, mission, values and goals. This commentary is the first in a series that will report to the public on the status of Mount Pleasant’s commitment to the community.
The Village of Mount Pleasant five-year strategic plan defines seven strategic goals that the village must attain. Goal Number V states that the village is dedicated to Maintain a Commitment to Improving Environmental Assets and Amenities—Build Out Our River Parks.
Several years ago, the village completed the Pike River Improvements Project. The 20-year long, $20 million-dollar river restoration project controls flooding, enhances aquatic habitat, improves water quality and reverses the progressive deterioration of this urbanizing stream. Native prairie vegetation and trees were planted and have begun to thrive throughout the project area, providing a natural corridor along the river. Integral to the project was the construction of the Pike River Pathway, which provides recreational access to the river corridor, as well as other regional trail systems in Racine and Kenosha counties.