Working Together

TEAMWORK is usually associated with athletics. Three local communities, however, are pooling their collective efforts to help improves their respective towns.

The Yorkville-Tiltonsville-Rayland Coalition is a recent union of three neighboring villages. YTR officials have been meeting frequently to share concerns, ideas and resources.

The coalition staged its biggest event yet Thursday night, a town hall meeting at Buckeye South Elementary School. The session attracted a nice-sized turnout, composed of residents, elected officials as well as a World Energy representative.

World Energy was in the house to outline how electric aggregation works and how it would be implemented if the measure is successful on May 6.

The town hall is just the latest in a string of gatherings between the three communities.

The YTR Coalition roots trace back to a Christmas parade the three communities staged together two years ago. That festive undertaking has spawned a three-headed network that boasts much upside.

Tiltonsville Mayor Kris Prati says the coalition is a vehicle to optimize public resources, including staff, equipment, purchasing and facilities across jurisdictions. “Really, it’s us trying to get the people of Yorkville, Tiltonsville and Rayland the best bang for their buck,” Prati said.

The coalition makes sense and may save countless dollars for each of the communities.

State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) was in attendance. He commended the YTR Coalition for its efforts, noting, “I think it’s a good thing, a good way to save taxpayer money.”

Cera is right on in his assessment. The YTR Coalition is a no-lose proposition, and is a template for other adjoining communities to consider.