Possible, or too ambitious? Too aggressive, or not aggressive enough?
First let me thank all of you for being interested and taking time to listen to my thoughts and ideas.
Crime in this city has to be a main focus to restore our neighborhoods. I want to attack the drug problem with more unmarked, plain clothes officers in high crime high traffic areas. I want to enforce existing ordinances that are designed to keep rental housing from becoming criminal housing and go after the absentee landlords who are failing to keep their properties to the standards of their neighbors.
I want to hold the mental health agencies in this town who are eating up tax dollars to a higher standard of care so that our police can be freed up to actually seek out criminals instead of being mental health providers.
I want to set daily, weekly, and monthly maintenence schedules in all areas of the city for roads, drains, grass cutting, and other cosmetic issues that make this city look run down. We have a great group of workers that are ready and want new challenges.
I want to assist new business and seek out new business and streamline the "red tape" to get them here. If we need to provide tax incentives so be it, but we are dying for new business.
I want to develop Hwy 3 at Hwy 270 from a run down trucking area to a profitable exit for traveling motorist.
I want to work with the current shopping center owners to find money to upgrade the storefronts to entice a business to want to move in. Right now one of the bigger ones looks absolutely unacceptably terrible.
I want to have a music venue for ticketed sale music events combined with an arts center for young musicians to be able to practice record music and socialize in a safe environment. A combined effort with the GCHS Band community. This could be in the downtown area and would spawn more foottraffic to local restaurants, the theater, and hopefully pull in new locally owned shops in that area.
I want to foster a building trades program with GCHS to remodel run down buildings to current housing standard to get tax dollars from ownership.
Funding for these ideas come from more economical constraints, Tax Increment Financing District funds, Community Development Grants, some tax dollars as avaliable and allowable, and through community based grass root hard work fundraising.
Please understand this is just off the top of my head of what I see as SOME important issues needing immediate attention. Clearly, I will set up committees to assess and formulate plans to implement my ideas.
I also do plan to find an outlet for transparent government. I'm not sure FB is the right place but I do want the citizens to see what I am doing if elected. I have no problem failing with an idea and letting people know what went wrong, then finding another way to accomplish our needs and wants. This is not about me. This is about the town I have lived in my entire life and what we all can do to improve it.
I have been asked about parties, I will answer this one last time. This is not a partisan election. I could care less about the screwed up Democrat and Republican issues. I can work with both to do what we need. The only letters I want in front of my name are GC!
I appreciate any real questions, suggestions, or comments.
I also want to reduce the burden in property tax, we are dying for relief. This can come with community growth, business and placing vacant properties back in the tax rolls.