by Joe MurphyReporterReminderville -- After five months of brainstorming and discussion, the Vision 2020 committee is beginning to see some clarity in regard to the future of the village.The committee, made up of village residents with various backgrounds and fields of expertise, gave their first presentation to village Council May 9. The group was formed about five months ago to help give the village direction, according to Mayor Sam Alonso.Included in the May 9 presentation were the results of a survey sent out to village residents, a conceptual look at the future of "downtown" Reminderville and a look at both the positives and the areas of improvement for the village as it operates today.About 15 percent of the 1,300 surveys sent out in late March were returned in early May. According to the results, the top needs or desires of the residents were road improvements (22 percent) and reciprocity, or tax credits (20 percent).Slightly more than 40 percent noted they were satisfied with the village's "lifestyle," while 22 percent stated they were happy with the village's location and safety forces, respectively.Committee members touted the village's effort to partner with the MetroParks, Serving Summit County, and praised the village's efforts to resolve flooding problems. MEMBERS also expect the village to be proactive about increasing its tax base.The village, however, is hindered by its unwillingness to change during the last 52 years, the committee said. The village also is hampered by a part-time organizational framework and the lack of a charter or proprietary school system, the committee reported.The committee told Council it envisions an active and inviting downtown area on Glenwood Boulevard. A conceptual drawing of the downtown area, presented by resident Lee Barthelman, features a 40-foot grand pavilion, a 50-foot multi-purpose venue -- used as a "splash pad" in the summer and an ice-skating rink in the winter -- and children's play areas. Across the street on Glenwood could be small-town "mom and pop" shops, Barthelman said.A development of this sort would effectively generate revenue and could unify the village, according to the committee. The committee also ex-pressed its willingness to compile financial and storm-water management data for the village. Members also supported examining the possibility of a charter commission and a full-time mayor and engineer.Councilor Wendell Phillips, who sits on the committee, said he feels the committee has broadened from a "limited scope" to a "wide range of possibilities.""IT'S QUITE a wide-ranging and far-reaching group of people," he said. "We have a committee made up of citizens who are highly educated and highly interested in the development of the community."Alonso said his job is to continue to pursue ideas discussed by the committee, including the feasibility of the Reminderville park and the viability of installing walking trails that would lead from every end of the village to the downtown area."It all revolves around money," Alonso said. "It has to be something that's viable."The committee, according to Phillips, will continue to look at the village's finances, while also examining what the upcoming construction, including a 75,000-square-foot commercial development at Liberty Road and Glenwood Drive, will mean for the village.Alonso said he proposed his own selections and solicited advice from residents for other qualified members, and the Vision 2020 committee was formed."Everyone had some little niche," he said. "They all bring a lot of good qualities."Approximately 15 residents were invited to be on the committee, and about 12 of those 15 have been consistently involved in the meetings, which Alonso said usually happen once a month. E-mail: jmurphy@recordpub.comPhone: 440-232-4055 ext. 4104