Worthington leaders said by early next month, they hope to name a committee of residents to lead the city's community-visioning process.

The committee would work with a consultant to gather input from the community on how to envision Worthington's future, said Worthington City Council President Bonnie Michael.

She said the results would be used to guide policy and development decisions for the next 10 to 15 years.

Michael said city leaders have received more than 50 applications for six committee positions. She said the applicants represented a variety of ages, backgrounds and neighborhoods.

According to worthington.org, City Council will take age, gender, ethnicity and geographic representation into account for selection. Council members also will look at residents who are active in the community, make sure constituency of various groups would be represented and include people and perspectives that frequently are not heard.

"It always amazes me the amount of good people we have that want to help our city," she said.

Applications for the committee were due April 11. Michael said council members are in the process of narrowing the applicants. She said council members hope to make selections by early May.

In addition to choosing residents, city leaders want to hire a consultant to work with the committee, city officials, City Council and the community during the process, Michael said.

The consultant would submit a proposal to city leaders on the specifics of the process, she said.

Applications for the consultant also are being narrowed, Michael said. A subcommittee of council members – Doug Foust, Beth Kowalczyk and Doug Smith – is looking at the applications for the consultant, she said.

Applications were due April 10.

Kowalczyk said city leaders received 10 applications. She said the subcommittee is hoping to present a recommendation May 6.

"We've gotten a lot of interest, and I think that's exciting," Kowalczyk said.

Michael said she did not have many details on the visioning process, but it would involve methods for reaching out to the community.

She said outreach efforts could include an online component, door-to-door campaigns and other ways to obtain feedback.

She also said the process does not have a definite timeline.

"My dream would be nine months," Michael said.

However, she said, it could take up to a year for the process to be completed.

"We want to make sure it's done right," she said.

To learn more about the visioning process, go to worthington.org/visioning.

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