Continue to Revitalize Springville with local party
Sunday January 12, 2014 | By:Alan Chamberlin |
Great things are happening in Springville – a community clock, a Main Street Grant funding improvement projects, the rehab of 5 East Main St. and an updated Master Plan, focused on smart growth. These initiatives have only become possible because of citizen demand, and in particular, by the message residents sent by electing me as a village trustee. With elections coming up, on March 18, it’s critical that we elect more candidates committed to revitalizing Springville.
Despite our recent progress, problems remain. Our downtown has seen disinvestment for several decades. It’s important to elect representatives that can provide strong leadership, on these issues. For those who want to see the community thrive, Revitalize Springville will provide that choice on March 18.
Dilapidated property continues to be a critical issue. It affects not only neighboring property owners, but affects us all with declining property values and the costs of cleanups or demolitions, paid for by taxpayers.
A key part of the Revitalize platform is the creation of a master plan for the village. This is now in the works. I hope you will come to the workshop on Feb. 1 or fill out a survey, soon available at the village office or online.
As a member of a group of people working on downtown economic development, I pushed to hire a grant writer to apply for the Main Street Grant program. Now, some key improvement projects are underway.
Positive change in this community starts with you – the average citizen. Your vote matters! I won my seat with a narrow margin of six votes. Revitalize Springville pushed people to register. Our efforts more than quadrupled voter turnout. The result – village government has become more responsive. More than electing any particular candidate, the campaign sent a message.
Village government isn’t going to solve all of Springville’s challenges, but we need to be a better partner. On March 18, we’re prepared to continue working for a better Springville. To get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.