By Amanda Ensinger
At a recent Prairie Township meeting, officials discussed budgeting needs for the rest of the year and into 2023.
Among the items discussed was a need for a new cemetery in the township.
“Alton Cemetery is almost completely sold out and there is room at Galloway Cemetery but that could quickly fill when Alton sells out,” said Assistant Township Administrator Dave McAninch. “We need to do this sooner rather than later. Five acres of land lasted 25 years, 20 to 30 acres would last more than 20 or 30 years.”
Other expenses needed include replacing and adding park equipment, however according to McAninch, many of the township parks are in good shape.
“The Hubbard/Dellinger Park conceptual planning has started and a public meeting for community input would be helpful,” he said.
The Galloway Sports Complex is in phase three of completion. This phase includes installing pickleball courts and a dog area.
“We can look into more grants,” McAninch said. “The next phases are $1 million each, plus additional items, including trees and parking lot lights.”
The trustees agreed they need to explore more grant funding.
McAninch also said the township’s 2014 pickup truck needs replaced and could possibly go to the fire department to be used as a grass fighter.
The department would also like to see curb, gutter and sidewalks in Little Farms and Rome Heights neighborhoods. Grant funding would be needed, and leadership is going to look into funding through OPWC and MORPC.
Also at the meeting, Prairie Township Administrator James Jewell gave an update on ways the township could obtain funding.
“MORPC is hiring a full-time grant writer. That could help us,” he said.
Jewell added that the township has outgrown its current facilities.
“We may look into renovating the garage for the sheriff’s office and possibly utilizing that space,” he said.