Occupation: General manger/director of tennis, Decatur Athletic Club
Have you ever held an elected office? Served three terms on the Macon County Board 1990-2000. Elected to the Decatur City Council in April 2017.
Why are you seeking a seat on the Decatur City Council? I am seeking a second term on the Decatur City Council to offer citizens the option of re-electing an experienced councilman for a community undergoing challenging times. My voice of reason to past and present issues is needed now on the city council more than ever before. As we all know, our city, state and country are going through unprecedented times. My status as a life-time resident will help ensure that our city eventually returns to the way of life which made Decatur our chosen place to live.
What attributes do you possess that will make you a good council member? I am conscientious and reliable in all that I am involved with. I will continue to contribute to make our city a better place to live. I listen to both sides of an issue and offer reasonable solutions towards compromise. I listen to citizens, as well as council members, and try to see things from their point of view.
The city council may be asked to make some serious decision when it comes to the city budget, which has been severely impacted by COVID-19. What cuts are you willing to consider? At this time I don’t feel any cuts need to be made. We have a rainy day fund with 39 days of operating expenses. We can manage staffing through attrition like we did for the pandemic shortfall for 2020. We can also evaluate every position and realign workloads. Our local economy is open again, tax revenues should resume and vaccines are being distributed.
What cuts are off the table? If we get into a more severe situation everything would be on the table.
What are the top three issues you want to see addressed once you are elected?
1. Community revitalization. We have made progress with the resumption of dilapidated home demolitions in our community as well as the renewal of the Johns Hill area. I believe starting at the core of our city and working our way out is the best approach. In addition, assist youth with securing summer employment with our vacant lot mowing.
2. I would like to see more neighborhood security cameras. Our police force indicated this is something that would greatly assist them in crime prevention.
3. Improve the health and wellness of our citizens. A new state grant is working on a new bike path study www.bikedecaturil.com for our city to compliment the great work the Decatur Park District has done. Completing a full bike/running path around Basin 2 connecting Nelson Park and the Scovill Zoo area attractions is of great interest to myself and others in the community.
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