Give Me Shelter

THE SUGGESTION from the Warren Township Lions Club that Yorkville, Tiltonsville, Rayland and Warren Township combine their recreation funds to build a shelter at Warren Township Park makes sense.

The park is a popular site for community activities, family gatherings and church or club outings as well as a place for individuals to relax or take a walk.

If the shelter project becomes a cooperative project in the future, it won’t be the first time for the communities to be involved in a project featuring fun-time activities. The Christmas in the Villes parade was initiated a couple of years ago, and the township park was the location for activities after the parade.

The communities in that area also are involved in other cooperative efforts. Officials have discussed going together to purchase needed items. This appears to be a good idea since a better price might be obtained, and that’s especially important, considering the economy.

Also, a joint meeting involving the three villages has been planned so residents can learn more about the proposed electric aggregation program.

COOPERATION has worked on other projects in Jefferson County as well as elsewhere.

An example of how cooperation paid off is Friendship Park near Smithfield. This popular park was improved because of efforts of Jefferson County communities which declined to request recreation funds from the county commissioners sin 2008 so a wastewater treatment system could be installed at the park.

The park is the location of the Jefferson County Fair each August, and it also is used for recreational activities at other times.

It is equipped with recreational vehicle and camping facilities and provides opportunities for picnicking, fishing, boating, bird watching, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and other self-directed outdoor activities. There’s also the 89-acre main lake, which features catfish, bass, blue gill, carp and trout.

POOLING of the recreation funds by Warren Township, Rayland, Tiltonsville and Yorkville isn’t planned this year as some of them already have submitted the projects that they wish to accomplish in their own communities.

The suggestion from the Lions Club appears to be a good one as the park is the center of many activities so officials in that area might do well to consider it as a project for the future.