Bettendorf leaders will hold their annual sessions with a planning consultant beginning today to map out goals for the city.

City officials have been meeting with consultant Lyle Sumek for about 20 years, City Administrator Decker Ploehn said.

Ploehn said Sumek also has worked with other local governments, including Moline, Rock Island, Davenport and Scott County. Lyle Sumek Associates Inc. is based in Palm Coast, Fla., and has clients from coast to coast.

The city department heads will meet with him as a group this morning. City Council members will meet with Sumek in the council chambers at City Hall from 4-8 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Those sessions are open to the public.

Mayor Bob Gallagher said he expects several subjects to be discussed, including the city’s plans for the development of the area around the intersection of Interstate 80 and Middle Road, development of Forest Grove Park, helping downtown businesses affected by the Interstate 74 bridge replacement project, and the impact of any changes the Iowa Legislature may make to the state’s commercial property tax rate.

Gallagher said one “pet project” he would like to be part of the goal-setting discussions is the possibility of developing an indoor-outdoor youth sports complex in Bettendorf.

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“They may laugh me out, but I would like to see it discussed,” Gallagher said.

After the goal-setting sessions are over, Sumek will prepare a report on what was discussed for the city’s use in making plans for the future, Ploehn said.

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