Published on October 29th, 2011 | by Todd Smekens4
Delaware County Building Plaza
This spring, we began the process of making an impact on our community. As a county commissioner, we run the day-to-day business of county government. This also includes making decisions that make an impact on our community. We had a chance to make much-needed improvements to the 1969 plaza, and to complete 5.6 of the Muncie Action Plan:
- 5.6: Implement models of sustainable design around the city.
Create downtown parks and other projects using sustainable design methods to improve community amenities and to educate community members about water quality and storm water run-off, eco-balance, and climate-appropriate and native plant selections.
We accomplished the entire section with this plaza project along with becoming better equipped to give safe easy access for our ADA clients.
The MAP co-chairs stated it best, “Creating this first city-wide action plan has demanded the best from each of us. It is an expression of our hopes and dreams. It recognizes that we are in this together and that it is up to all of us…to turn ideas and dreams into reality.”
Wow! I couldn’t agree more. The commissioners used EDIT, an economic development fund, and Stormwater funds to complete this project. This money was earmarked for this specific project. How is this economic development?
Potential investors considering expansion or growth view our community everyday. The one thing they look at is how we are investing in ourselves. Our community has to care about itself before we can get others to notice. A community fairgrounds, an active and useful downtown, parks, urban and rural, and improved infrastructure. These are all the things we are investing in. I assure you of this, we could not use this money to make payroll for county employees. No jobs were lost and no income was reduced in county government to complete this project. In fact, this money was spent locally, with local businesses for many of the items necessary for the project.
Come downtown and take a look at the plaza. Walk around the beautiful landscape, day or night. See for yourself if this is an improvement on the downtown. Then you can see why investing in ourselves improves our chances to attract capital investment and jobs that will reduce the tax burdens on property owners and other local businesses.
Todd R. Donati