WONDERFUL SMALL TOWN AMERICA: Berlin, MD, A Place Where Your Voice Is Heard
Oh happiness! One of the reasons that Brad and I want to live in a small town is because we want to be an active part of a community. And thanks to the leadership in Berlin, MD, we recently had a chance to do just that.
Planning Berlin’s Future
The town of Berlin is holding community meetings to discuss the future of the town. I found the meeting that I attended to be very well organized with the opportunity for all opinions and ideas to be expressed. I personally think that is a pretty impressive feat. At the meeting we discussed:
- How the town is changing
- What we want the town to be in 20 years
- What worries us about the future of the town
- What the town could stop doing
- What would make Berlin and even better place
Strategic Issues and Opportunities
We all got to express our opinions on a variety of issues and opportunities including:
- Variety of housing
- Transportation options
- Berlin’s electric utility
- Public buildings, roads, sidewalks, water and sewer pipes
- Public safety
- Economic development and employment options
- Berlin’s traditions, quality of life and “wow” factor
- The town’s revenue base
- Park and recreation facilities
- Environmental concerns
We had an informal vote to determine which of the above issues were the top priorities for those that attended our meeting.
I was very excited to see a wide variety of people represented at the meeting from our youngest citizens to our senior residents. I was even more excited to hear such a wide variety of opinions and concerns. Many folks had great ideas that I had never thought about before. Moreover, despite the many differing ideas, there was a general consensus that people want to preserve the community atmosphere that Berlin offers, and to maintain a healthy balance between the wonderful old parts and traditions of the town and progress. In our particular meeting, there was a huge interest in more community recreational areas.
Once, all of the meetings are completed, everyone’s opinions, concerns and ideas will be compiled and shared with everyone who attended the meetings. Then the mayor and town council can use this information to form a preliminary plan for the town’s future.
All in all, the meeting was a wonderful experience. Get out there and see for yourself, by attending one of the remaining meetings. The remaining meetings will be held on Thursday, February 12th starting at 6 PM at Buckingham Elementary, and Saturday, February 21 starting at 9:30 AM at the Multi-purpose Building.