The city of Watseka is leaning on the expertise of some collegiate know-how in looking toward future development and growth opportunities. And it’s happening through network communication. Mayor John Allhands says two groups of university students are working on studies at no cost to the city.
The Watseka Academic Inspiration Awards opened a door with Purdue University. Engineering students working toward their MBA’s have an association with Robert Strickler, a WCHS grad from the 1950’s …
"These engineering grads are working on administrative matters that could help with communication within the community," Allhands said.
Improving the city website is one aspect of the study. Connecting with the area’s agricultural base is something that needs to be pursued, according to the mayor…"a team of award winners are brinstorming; they're former Inspiration award winners who want to give bach to their community."
Three teams of engineering students from Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) are also looking into a solar lighting system for enhancing the downtown area – extending to Cherry and Oak Streets. Two other lots were gifted to the city, that the mayor said could possibly become TIF development opportunities. The mayor said a city – Unit Nine school district partnership could also open doors for a community auditorium. The City Council is also pursuing more flood prevention measures at the Water Sewage Plant.