There are probably 2,020 reasons we can all come up with for wanting to put 2020 well behind us! Certainly, this year has been difficult for all of us to maneuver. But there have been bright spots that are important to highlight as we look back on the year.
We created a balanced budget for 2021. That’s not an easy thing to do in a climate where businesses are shutting down and people are on edge about the strength of the national economy. Next year’s budget will allow us to continue to enhance the services we provide our residents as we improve the livability of our town.
Companies continue to see Brownsburg as a viable place to launch a business. Our Economic Development Department is working hand-in-hand with our Department of Development Services to meet with potential businesses that are lured to our town by our location and skilled workforce. New ventures coming soon include a Panda Express on N. Green Street across from Dunkin Donuts, and a CarX on Northfield Drive.
Cardinal Bark Park opened on July 6 and has enrolled more than 300 members. The creation of this park fills a need that residents have expressed in two surveys mailed to all households in 2012 and 2017. Along with providing a space for dogs to play, we’re creating closer community ties among residents who get to know one another over a shared interest.
Youth sports found a permanent home with the Town Council’s Dec. 17 decision to purchase 106 acres on the north side of Town. An agreement among the Town, Brownsburg Community School Corporation, Brownsburg Little League Baseball, and the Brownsburg Girls’ Softball League will result in 12 ballfields and a new park being constructed north of CR E 700 N. Field sports also will benefit, as the park will include acres of open field for play.
The Town will launch a new website Feb. 1 that will be easier for staff and residents to navigate. Every department will have improved webpages that should reduce the number of calls and emails to staff. The idea is to make our new website as easy to use as possible resulting in residents feeling more informed about the Town.
Staff has created a Community Engagement Advisory Committee that works to improve communications and to address issues around diversity, equity and inclusion. Ensuring all residents’ voices are heard and that the makeup of our workforce reflects our community is critically important to me.
As you can see, we’ve accomplished a lot in 2020. But we know there is more work to do, and we’re eager to keep our progress moving forward in 2021.
Jeffery A. Eder