3.4 – Community Facilities
- To enhance the quality of life and opportunity for economic development while providing high quality services in the community.
A quality education system, reliable health care and public protection facilities are invaluable assets to a community. These services are an investment by the community in improving the quality of life of its people and also attracting new residents.
- All efforts should be made to retain facilities like the hospital and schools in the town.
- Public protection facilities like police and fire services should be expanded as the community grows.
- The high quality of schools should be maintained; opportunities for vocational training and higher education should be provided.
The Illini Community hospital is the main health care facility in the city (Exhibit 3.9). It has 59 beds in total and maintains a level 3 emergency room. A 24-hour ambulance facility is also operated from the hospital to serve the community.
Pittsfield has a very good school system, which is a pride of the community. The high school has recently moved into a new facility at the south end of the town (Exhibit 3.10). Pittsfield also has a branch of John Wood Community College with an enrollment of 200 students. Trade and technical schools and four-year colleges are located within 50 miles of the city.