These days, technology gives us access to like-minded people around the world. And technology gives us the illusion that we don't need to know our neighbors. But that's wrong. We do need to know our neighbors, because we want more than survival. We want our community to thrive. So, there is still a place for the township.
There is still a need for neighbors acting in the common good. And it's up to us to imagine a township that:
coordinates food pantries in the township so no resident goes hungry
increases access to early childhood education so kids enter the schools kindergarten-ready
conducts wellness checks on elderly residents
uses a robust web-presence to make the business of the township visible, so you know how township money is being spent and why
de-stigmatizes mental illness and addiction
collaborates with other units of government (like the schools, the parks, the library, the college, and the villages) to advance the community
We will take active steps to identifying the needs of the community through following Federal and State Data reviews of needs. We will utilize our teams networks to attend community events. We will listen to our partner service providers and hear their concerns.
We will commission an independent performance audit on all Township services to identify what organizations are receiving Township dollars, how many residents are being helped, and what those dollars are buying. Our goal is to keep Township dollars in the Township and to amplify the work of existing non-profits. A performance audit will help us to focus Township dollars to pay for services that volunteers cannot provide, such as early education teachers and mental health counselors. We will make the results of the performance audit available to the public on the revamped website.