Does Homer Have a Vision?

You know the old saying, "People don't plan to fail. They fail to plan."

Well, that can be true of small towns too. There are many challenges that come with living in a rural area; it can be harder to find a great paying job, you have to drive further to get the things you need. But you also have lower crime rates, a lower cost of living, and great schools.

So does a community have a duty, to think ahead, to plan for its future?

What happens to a small town, if it doesn't?

In our own area, you can see nearby small towns of both varieties….some have planned for growth, and are fixing up their towns. People drive through and notice. New people are moving back to those towns, jobs are opening up, and the towns are growing and thriving.

Other towns look like they are just waiting for the last person to leave town, and turn the lights off when they go.

So is Homer planning to fail? Or failing to plan?

We don't want to be doing either of course. As members of the community, we have a duty to plan to help our town grow for the future. To make it a place our own kids would want to raise their own children in. Would you recommend to your friends to move to Homer? If not, what can you do to change it?

Why not join Homer PRIDE? Or attend Village Board Meetings (the second Thursday of every month, at 7:00 p.m.). Get involved, and see what we can do together.

For many years, there have been community leaders who have wanted banners purchased for Main Street. Some people would like to see new street lights. We need sidewalks for the kids on Third Street. Flowers and trees always make small town main streets look a little more friendly. Maybe if we did a few things like that, we could fill up the businesses downtown again. What might that look like? Here's one rendition. It's the beginning of a plan. Let's work together, and make it happen. Let's leave a legacy for the next generation.