Provided an opportunity to help shape the future of their village, it’s no surprise that Campton Hills residents would show up.
Residents care. That’s never been questioned. But there also has been a lack of unity. Residents have been divided over issues as basic as whether they should belong to the village.
On Monday, more than 100 residents showed up at a forum to address the village’s comprehensive plan for 2025. Every voice was heard. All who showed up could speak. Officials were there to listen.
This is a good thing. When endorsing Village President Patsy Smith in last month’s election, we urged her to work to help unify the village. She sounded as if she identified that as a goal at Monday’s meeting.
“It’s just good to get people out and talking about things in a common direction,” Smith said.
There certainly is common ground. Many talked of how they valued open space.
Some talked of improving relations with neighboring townships.
It’s not the last opportunity for residents to share such thoughts. Another meeting will take place in the fall.
Officials said a third might be possible.
It’s a positive step for the village. And with so many residents who care, there should be a lot to look forward to.