Back to reviewing the recent survey sponsored by the Fairbury Planning Commission… we wanted to review a couple more questions and their responses. The second question posed was:
“From a town beautification perspective, what would you like to see? (Choose up to 3 most important.) Since almost one-third of the people responded that “beautifying the city,” would be high on the priority if they had $1,000,000 to spend toward improvements/changes/additions to Fairbury, this seems to be an important issue on peoples’ minds.
The number one thing people would like to see would be to “fix sidewalks.” Over 60% of the surveys included this response. The second most important item was to “update façade on buildings.” Approximately 50% of the people responded to this. Also, important to 43% was adding “more flowers and plants,” along with 33% voting for streetscapes.
Clearly, people are concerned about the presentation of our town. “Each of us can do a small part toward this effort and it will add up to a lot accomplished,” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire and coordinator of the Specialty Shops group.
Another question was, “In your opinion, where would you like to allocate more funding (check all that apply)?” A whopping almost 70% said “Economic Development!” This shows that people see the importance of developing our area to attract more people to visit, dine, live and play here. The second runner-up was, “recreational programs,” with 44% voting. Funding these two top areas are critical to helping satisfy the need to make our town more attractive. Historic preservation received a notable 28% of the votes.
“It is important that plans are created for economic development, more recreational programs, and historic preservation. Finding sponsors and/or funding sources for these important areas would truly help the entire community and the surrounding area,” Bobbi says.
People have spoken their minds and provided valuable information. Now, it is critical that plans are organized to respond to this effort and move the community forward on a successful path of economic development by implementing needed changes. We know this will take time and effort, but the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. The first step has been taken! Let’s continue.
As always, please call Bobbi at Heart’s Desire (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com with any ideas, thoughts or information to help our community! Once again, Bobbi states, “We will be happy to forward ideas to the Fairbury Planning Commission with ways to help improve Fairbury.”