Our township, with beautiful green open spaces, a great park and nature preserve, its own amusement park, and the Shaker Village is nothing short of a little piece of heaven for residents of this wonderful community.
Many times, I got into my car (sometimes my bicycle), and I rode around the township just to enjoy the views and the fresh country air, thinking that we are fortunate to live in such a beautiful place.
But the forces of change are coming; from the West, as Harrison grows and needs more land for its new residents. I foresee more land being annexed from Crosby Township and Harrison Township.
From east of our township, developers are looking at our community as the next area to be developed. Hamilton County would like to see Crosby Township developed, so it contributes more to the county coffers.
Our township has one of the largest amounts of open land in western Hamilton County. If you look at a map, you will see that almost all of Hamilton County is already developed. A few years back, the Fort Scott development started in the east side of our township but it was stopped by the market crash of 2008.
Now the economy is picking up, Fort Scott has a new owner and new houses are being built.
In 10 to 20 years, residents of Crosby Township will have to make decisions regarding the changes coming in the future: how to control development, what kind of development, where, how much and how to bring economic prosperity into our towns and at the same time preserve our rural character.
Changes will shape our community, and we should be prepared with a plan that can serve as a roadmap to guide us into making the best decisions.
The residents of Crosby Township have a strong independent spirit. When I moved to the township 20 years ago, I was surprised by the number of residents living in the community whose ancestors helped settle this township in the 1800s.
The spirit of independence is deeply rooted in this community, a true American grit. I have witnessed that spirit manifest many times in the past to preserve the rural character of our community. They have my respect and admiration.
This is our community, let’s get involved and plan for the future so we can preserve what we have now for our children and grandchildren.
By working together with our elected officials and creating a plan that balances selective development, conservation and preservation, we can preserve this little piece of heaven we call Crosby Township for all of us to enjoy in the future.