What kind of community do we want?

I was helping my grandson with his homework the other day and he had several questions to answer regarding community. What is a community? Who is his community? How is his community unique from other communities? Interesting questions I thought as I then thought about how those questions apply to our Hillsboro community. Merriam-Webster’s definition of community calls it a; “Unified body of individuals, people with common interests, groups with common characteristics, persons of common history, a group linked by common policy and an interacting population of various kinds of individuals in a common location.” It seems that the key word here is “common” and not “different”.

We all have different ideas, different wants and needs. What makes us a community are the things we have in common, the things we share. In this community that we are a part of, we can choose to be either positive about it or negative about it. We can choose to get involved, or to sit on the sidelines. Ensuring Hillsboro continues to be a growing, vibrant and relevant community takes hard work and commitment. It takes all of us, working together for our “common” good to keep it going forward.

It all starts within each of us and how we choose to think about our community. Are we going to think about it in a positive way? Or are we going to choose to be negative? It is a choice. Our attitude makes a difference. Winston Churchill once said; “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” If we think positively about our community then we talk positively about it. When we talk positively we can positively affect how others see our community.

What kind of community do you want? I know that I want Hillsboro to grow responsibly, to deliver the essential services that we need, to insure that Hillsboro is an affordable and family friendly place to live, and finally that Hillsboro is a community that collaborates, that works together for the common good, to maximize our resources to improve our quality of life. Hillsboro should be a place that we are proud to talk about and share with others. I call on all of us to be positive and optimistic about Hillsboro. To join together, as a community and get involved. I like what Gen. Colin Powell said; “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”

More water updates

We had our water project pre-construction last week and it looks like we will be ready to begin the week of the 17th of September. Letters to homeowners involved in the project area should be going out this week. We are planning to hold a meeting for homeowners with the City Water Department staff, the engineering firm and the contractor sometime that week. This will allow everyone to ask questions and understand how the project will be managed. I am confident that they will work diligently to insure that the minimum disruption to your lives and property will occur as we complete these most needed improvements to your water service.

Final thoughts…

I began this column talking about how we can be in community together. How we can think positively about our community and then to get involved. That said, I would be very remiss if I didn’t recognize those that are (as Teddy Roosevelt said) already; “in the arena”, already taking an active role in our community.

Time and space prevent me from identifying everyone personally, but to all those that volunteer their time, money and positivity to our community… I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Your efforts make a positive difference!