Cannon Township is currently working on an update to its five-year Recreation Plan. As part of that process, they are looking for input from the residents. You will find the survey on the Cannon Township website at www.cannontwp.org. There is a link to the survey under “Breaking News” on the homepage. Over the past ten years, Cannon has been working on the creation of a trail system throughout the Township. The original 4-mile stretch was opened in 2007 and a few smaller segments have been added since then. An extension from Townsend Park into Cannonsburg should be completed at the end of this summer. Many of these trails have been funded with grant dollars with match being provided by the Recreation Fund. This Fund was established with millage income that was first approved by voters in 2002 and has been successfully renewed ever since. In addition to trail construction, Cannon Township has recently built a park on the Township Center grounds. It provides a play structure geared for preschoolers, a picnic shelter, an open play field, and a small trail that winds through a wetland area. Restrooms are located nearby. Cannon is hoping that its residents respond to the survey to help the officials make decisions regarding future projects. Please take a few minutes to complete it. If you prefer, hard copies are available in the Township Center Lobby.
On March 11, between 7 and 9 p.m., local residents may be receiving a phone call for a survey about downtown Sparta. Be nice – this isn’t a telemarketer. This will be a call from Sparta business representatives, as well as many Sparta High School Interact Club members, to conduct a short phone survey to ask questions about downtown businesses. The questions will include topics such as why shoppers visit downtown Sparta, how often do they visit downtown Sparta, where do you do most of your family shopping, and why do you choose to shop in other areas. The purpose behind this anonymous survey is to collect information about current downtown Sparta to current and new potential shoppers from as far as 20 miles away. Working with the national consultants HyettPalma, downtown Sparta business representatives are kicking off the residential phone survey project as part of the blueprint process. The blueprint process is a program designed to give a community a market-based downtown action plan, used to guide downtown’s revitalization efforts of the next five years. The blueprints program was a grant awarded to the Village of Sparta as one of six eligible communities. The “Blueprint for Michigan’s Downtown” program is a grant award from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). In addition to the phone survey, Sparta area business representatives, as part of the Blueprint Committee, are scheduled to host a Sparta area town meeting on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at the Sparta Civic Center at 7 p.m. The town meeting is open for community members, business representatives, organization leaders, and residents to voice their thoughts of the future for downtown Sparta. Working with the consultants, the community will answer questions such as: If the residents, business community, and government were to work together over the next five years to make downtown Sparta the best it could be, what would you like to see result from that effort? For you to consider those efforts a success, what kind of an experience would you like to be able to have in downtown Sparta five years from now? What would be the type of businesses found in downtown? Who would the customers and users of our successful downtown be in five years? What kinds of […]