2017-04-20 / Letters to the Editor

Roscommon – we’ve got it!

The following represents my personal opinion as a resident of Roscommon.

Roscommon has a recently improved Wallace Park for launching canoes and kayaks, an updated 24/7 recreation facility, a beautiful library, a train museum and a restored train depot that serves as the center for a wonderful Farmer’s Market in the summer. The village enjoys close access to one of the state’s most beautiful lakes and all of the recreational activities associated with this awesome natural resource. The headwaters of one of the best trout fisheries in the state pass through the heart of the village. Roscommon Area Public Schools have been ranked in the top tier of Michigan schools by Bridge Magazine. Roscommon has beautiful flowers throughout the downtown area, street banners and festivals in the summer and winter. Many of the storefronts in the village have new facades and signs. Expanded parking provides easy access to downtown businesses and local events. Roscommon proudly remains the county seat with a renovated and expanded county building. The downtown streets and sidewalks are lined with attractive lighting, planters and benches. There are paved streets in an industrial park ready for future development.

Roscommon is on the verge of becoming a hub on a statewide trail system. In the past several years new businesses and services have come to the village and just in the past year several new small businesses and young entrepreneurs have decided to call Roscommon home. Because of the vision, commitment, hard work and generosity of community members and other supporters, Roscommon has resisted the decline other small villages in the state have endured.

However, there is more to do. The village must develop a vision and plan for the next 10-20 years. In order to better serve current residents and future development, the village needs a comprehensive plan to update and upgrade infrastructure systems and streets. Roscommon needs a plan to continue to fill empty storefronts, recruit new businesses, manufacturing and industry. There is a critical need for housing to better accommodate existing families and those moving to the area to take jobs in new manufacturing and production facilities in the area. The village needs to work to become a Redevelopment Ready Community in order to access support from the Michigan Department of Economic Development.

A prosperous future for the village continues to be dependent on the vision, commitment, hard work and generosity of community members and other supporters. More importantly, the future of Roscommon is dependent on visionary, creative, supportive and positive leadership. The village needs leaders with integrity, focus and honesty. The village needs leaders who are “builders” and collaborators not leaders who actively undermine, criticize and unravel the good that has been and is being done in the community.

Yes, Roscommon – we’ve got it, but we need and deserve more. It’s time for some to step up or step aside.

Dan Scow

Roscommon

Editor’s note: Mr. Scow is a member of the Village of Roscommon Council, having been appointed March 13.

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