The second installment of my four-part series about Baldwin Township is in the Princeton Union-Eagle this week. The story discusses some of the obstacles Baldwin has encountered in building a sense of community. Participation in local government is less than robust: Fewer than 10 percent of registered voters typically cast ballots in the township’s elections.
“It’s hard to use the word ‘community’ when you have very few people who participate,” says town board chair Jeff Holm. He wants residents to speak up on issues such as how best to manage the town’s infrastructure and how to plan for future development projects.
These concerns led Holm, on behalf of Baldwin, to apply for a Healthy Communities Partnership grant from the Initiative Foundation. “We have to figure out what we are fighting for,” he says.
This story, along with the first installment, can also be viewed at our Ground Level: Baldwin website. Through the Union-Eagle series, the website, and a public forum on March 4 at the Princeton High School’s Performing Arts Center, MPR News offers residents a chance to engage in debates about your community.
So, let us know what you think. Are we asking the right questions and are we finding the right answers? Let us know by commenting on this post.