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Envisioning Anderson & Pineville 25 Years From Now - KOAM TV 7

Envisioning Anderson & Pineville 25 Years From Now

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MCDONALD COUNTY, MISSOURI -

All year students from Drury University have been coming down to McDonald County and talking with community members about a plan for the future. They've created a big book, about 300 pages of big ideas, for the communities of Pineville and Anderson.

Anderson Betterment Club President Ken Schutten says "It's exciting. I think that this is something for the community of Anderson… that hasn't been done before."

For Schutten the vision book is like a magic eight ball of wishes for the city, dreams like solar lamps, re-finished historic buildings, and canopies draping Main Street.

"That's something that you don't see very common around here. For us to do something like that that would be a draw to bring people to Anderson. Once they get here they see what an exciting community it is, the things that we have to offer. "

It's a checklist of projects to be done in the next 25 years. 

Anderson’s Mayor John Sellers says "This book is just an invaluable tool for planning for the future. As I said earlier, it's imperative that cities plan for the future or else it happens haphazardly."

The plans are not set in stone and just suggestions for community development. Sellers says in the near future it would be doable to highlight “Town Hole Park” as a central gathering place.

We need to accentuate that a little bit more, possibly look at acquiring some land on the other side of the stream, making that available for recreational activities."

Now that the big book is complete, it's up to community members to decide their own destiny.

View the Vision Book

For more information, contact Ken Schutten with the Anderson Betterment Club

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