Burrton is a
community of individuals who, historically, have enjoyed the freedom to do
as they pleased without the interference of policies and governmental
controls, while at the same time extending a selfless, caring hand to
their neighbors. The quiet, slower pace of life in a community of
familiar faces and close friends is important to the residents of Burrton.
Being centrally located between the metropolitan
cities of Hutchinson, McPherson, Newton, & Wichita, has been both a
blessing and a curse to the community as a whole. Convenience and
wholesale pricing from these cities have enticed Burrton's residents to
spend their money outside of our own community. Over time, our
businesses failed to survive, and our once-thriving Main Street has all
but become a ghost town. For many residents, this has seemed to be
an inevitable and irreversible condition.
Because Burrton is so centrally and ideally located
to these major cities, our biggest value is not as a retail center, but as
a unique community of neighbors who, ideally, share similar interests and
expectations for the future of the town. Around the unique needs of
this growing community would develop the specialty businesses that would
be sustainable by residents and visitors.
We therefore envision a community where the people
do not hide from each other on back decks behind privacy fences, but who
continue to wave to their neighbors and visit with their friends while
sitting on their front porch swings. We envision a community where
the residents rally around the school and the community events to the
degree that these become regular events motivated by participation and
interest. Community bands, concerts, plays, and festivals grow from
a citizenry who desire to be involved in them. Seeking to identify
the unique personality of our community, and to entice others with similar
interests to move to our quiet, friendly bedroom community, is what we
hope to accomplish.
We envision a city that provides quality job
opportunities for local workers - by encouraging companies to leave the
hassle of the big town for the pleasantries of a smaller one, including
the value our residents place on a honest and hard work ethic.
We envision a city that cherishes its tree-lined
streets with an eclectic mixture of housing styles, old and new, meeting
the needs of all income levels on differing sized lots - shunning the
"cookie-cutter, every-house-the-same" housing developments encountered in
most communities. In Burrton, our homes express our individuality as
well as our practicality, and we desire a citizenry who takes personal
pride and appreciation for a well-kept and well-maintained property as a
reflection of their values and the community as a whole - without
increasing regulation at a local, State, or Federal level to enforce it.
We envision a city that maintains a strong
manufacturing base as well as a revitalized downtown Main Street district
with a variety of merchants who are supported by the community they serve.
Obviously, the days of our Variety Store competing with Wal-Mart are long
gone. However, a retail center in our community that meets the
unique needs of our growing community, at a variety of levels, is well
within our reach. It simply will require a community commitment and
a handful of visionary merchants with a heart not to get rich, but to
provide a quality service at a fair price in a community of friends and
We seek to maintain a
neighborhood and family-friendly community.
We seek to enhance the
living and working conditions provided within the community.
We seek to maintain the
natural resources and the casual feel in and around the community.
We seek to develop the
business, cultural, and educational options within the community.
Working Together, We Can
Build A Better