Hebron continues to make improvements

2013-02-24T00:00:00Z Hebron continues to make improvementsDon Ensign nwitimes.com
February 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

HEBRON | We are, as our motto says, “A community working together."

We are blessed with many organizations in our community that help with projects or when people are in need. We have Rebuilding Hebron Together, the Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, many churches, school groups, Little League and soccer, to name a few.

We as a town have worked hard to improve infrastructure over the last few years. The largest improvement has been working with the state and completing our Main Street project, which has improved traffic flow, added sidewalks and antique streetlights from one end of town to the other.

Our Economic Development Group has worked and received grant from the Porter County Alliance to add gateway signage and enhance the town website.

The Beautification Committee, with a donation from First National Bank, worked on designing the wood stamped sidewalks for our downtown theme of the 1800s, along with adding park benches, garbage cans and picking the antique streetlamp design.

With the help of the Economic Development Group, they created Clock Tower Plaza, where, through a donation from Porter Health System, an antique clock tower was erected with landscaping and engraved bricks surrounding it. These bricks can be purchased through our Town Hall and engraved either in memory of someone or in honor of someone or a family adding to the charm of our town.

We have seven parks in our community, with the largest being Alyea Park, which was just completely redone with new playground equipment, picnic shelter, gazebo, skateboard area and basketball courts. This park area is also where our Scout Cabin is located.

We also have two historical museums: the Stagecoach Inn and right behind it the Depot Railroad.

We have many yearly events throughout the town – the Fourth of July parade and fireworks, Winter Fest, Easter Egg Hunt, Soap Box Derby, Santa’s Cottage and our annual Block Party, which was started to celebrate Hebron was back open for business when our Main Street project was completed.

Our school system has received an “A” rating from the state. Our high school is only eight years old and our elementary and middle schools have been continually updating. The school, in many ways, is the center of our community for education, sports and to socialize as our children learn and play.

We are very proud that our town was named the safest in Northwest Indiana. Our police department has the most up-to-date equipment, thanks to federal grants. Our fire department is a group of top notch volunteers who are always training and ready to respond. Their trucks and equipment are well maintained, and the township makes sure they have new trucks when needed.

Our Town Council, Economic Development Group and Chamber are working to attract new business and homes to our community. We are excited to welcome three new businesses -- True Value Hardware, a pet store and a restaurant -- this spring.

Hebron is ready and willing to help new businesses come to our community. We have a tax-increment financing zone and facade grants to help them get started.

Our council and boards work well together. Two years ago, with the help of the community we developed a 25-year plan that will help guide us into the future. We are looking to expand our fire station, build a new building downtown on the corner of Sigler and Main, and have a goal and a design for a Town Center to help spur economic development.

The center would serve not only Hebron but the entire south county area. It would house a community center, medical/wellness center, administrative area and recreation for year-round swimming, which would allow swim teams and other recreational activities for the whole family.

This will take time, but we feel it is essential to our area and was one of the top requests in our surveys for the comprehensive plan.

All off the above, along with Hebron's affordable housing, makes Hebron a safe and enjoyable place to live and raise a family.

Don Ensign is president of the Hebron Town Council. The opinions are the writer's.

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