El Reno is planning for the future.
Residents are being surveyed about various issues. Questions related to housing, sidewalks, drainage, recreation, outdoor events, recycling, zoning and more are being asked of citizens by city staff and volunteers.
Focus groups are being pulled together so opinions and ideas can be expressed.
El Reno has more than 86 square miles in its city limits. It produces its own water, has one of the lowest fire ratings offered which results in lower insurance premiums, and is the only town in Canadian County with its own lake and 18-hole golf course.
El Reno has a bowling alley, good parks and an historic downtown with a colorful trolley car meandering through it. Education opportunities abound and access to major interstates and highways, as well as a municipal airpark make transportation a snap.
Throw in Route 66, Fort Reno, Lucky Star, the Canadian County Historical Museum and more and there’s great optimism about the future of El Reno.
It's a pretty good start, don’t you think?
Not that we’re keeping score, but recently it was reported our neighbor, Yukon, has 2,500 acres left for commercial development.
Didn’t someone say something about “Go West?”
You can be part of the El Reno planning process by taking the survey at cityofelreno.com.
Looking for common sense? Then don't look at Wyoming Valley West School District in Pennsylvania.
In an effort to collect school lunch money, a letter was sent from Wyoming Valley West School District to parents telling them their child could be taken from their homes and placed in foster care if they didn't fork over the unpaid lunch money.
The lunch debt amounted to $22,000 and even though numerous offers from the public were made to cover the debt, the school district declined them all. Until Wednesday when it finally accepted an offer from a wealthy Philadelphia businessman who said he had grown up poor and knew what it was like to be “shamed” at school.
The story said the school district is one of the poorest in Pennsylvania. This poor school district has an annual budget of $80 million, the report said.
To his credit, one public official got it right.
“Foster care is something we utilize as a shield to assist kids,” said Luzerne County Manager David Pedri.
“It’s not a sword. We don't like foster care being utilized to try and terrorize individuals.” From here it looks like someone, or some group, was handed a little power and had no clue how to use it.
You have to wonder come next school election if the public vote might become a “sword.”
Compare this to El Reno Public Schools that forged a community partnership to help provide school supplies to all 3,000 students in the district.
Well done, El Reno.