Honor the Past, Meet the Challenges of the Present, and Provide for the Future
Honor the Past
Heath has a rich and resilient history, with many descendants of original families still working and living in town, others taking up summer residence, and retirees attracted to its rural and peaceful environment. Town employees and volunteers have been active in societies, boards, and committees to create a community that has provided for the education of its children, ensured the safety of our physical infrastructure and dwellings, established the Heath Herald and the Heath Fair, and taken care of our historical past. We can best honor the past by building on what has gone before, taking advantages of what has been created and the amenities we have.
Challenges for the Present
There are many problems we face in meeting the town’s needs. Among them are:
Provide for the Future
As we determine what we need to focus on in order to meet our needs now and in the future to further develop a sense of community, the following are some of the more critical issues to consider:
18 Jacobs Road is the only place large enough to accommodate meetings and events, with plenty of handicap-accessible parking. The needs of the Police Station, Fire Department, and Emergency Operations for adequate safe and secure facilities for meetings and vehicles can be accommodated at 18 Jacobs Road with less expense than creating a Public Safety Complex at Bray Road. The grounds at 18 Jacobs Road are the only space adequate for a town-owned solar array.
Envisioning 18 Jacobs Road as the town’s municipal center would free up the Historic Center for re-envisioning activities and events that would attract both residents and visitors while maintaining its historic character.
Above all, we need to revive our past resiliency in facing our challenges to financially provide for the town’s needs while keeping our tax rate within bounds. To do so, it is no good holding on to past practices. We need to develop fresh ideas and employ them for the benefit of our town and its future generations. —Margaret Freeman