WINFIELD | While Winfield continues to experience residential growth, the community still holds on to its small-town feel, Town Council President Paulette Skinner said.
"We're still small enough that we care about each other," Skinner said.
The town issued 93 building permits in 2011 for single-family homes, which is about 30 more than Winfield issued in 2010, she said.
"There's something good about Winfield," Skinner said.
Skinner said the "building standards are very high" in the town to ensure residents are receiving quality work.
She said the "fantastic school system" Winfield students attend makes the town an attractive place to live. Students in Winfield attend schools in the Crown Point Community School Corp.
Skinner said the town has managed to keep a good mixture of rural areas and residential subdivisions in Winfield while it has grown.
She said Winfield residents support their community.
When a resale shop opened earlier this year at 10649 Randolph St., it was well-received by residents.
Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Lakes of the Four Seasons United Methodist Church and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church are collaborating to operate the store, which sells high-quality used clothing to help those in need, said Fay Iorio, of Holy Spirit.
She said generating a profit isn't a goal for the churches. When they make money from sales, the funds are divided equally between the churches for ministries and missions.
Winfield leaders also look to improve the community this year through multiple projects.
Work could begin in the spring to repair 105th Lane, 112th Avenue, 121st Avenue, Benton, Floyd and Miami streets. The Town Council last year issued a $1.3 million bond to complete improvements.
The Winfield Community Foundation also is creating plans for a park honoring the late John Curley. The park would be near the Winfield Government Complex, 10645 Randolph St.
Plans call for a pavilion, picnic area and playground.
The park would include a memorial honoring Curley, who served nearly 30 years as Winfield Township trustee and assessor. Curley, who died in 2009, also served as chairman of the Lake County Republican Party for about six years. The memorial also would explain how Winfield was established.