1. What role do you believe the City of Calvert should play in reversing the population decline of Calvert City?
City government should work to keep Calvert City a place where families want to live. We do this by maintaining a safe and attractive environment with good streets, great parks, and excellent services. A key part of this is helping insure that properties in our community remain in good repair and orderly appearance that do not detract from neighbor’s property values. This is currently done by zoning and zoning enforcement. I believe the council should support positive initiatives that may help keep some of our older homes in repair and occupied by families. Specifically, these initiatives could be sponsored loans or tax incentives for development.
2. There are several vacant buildings in Calvert City. In what way would you, as a member of the City Council work toward bringing in new non-industrial businesses such as restaurants, merchandising firms and service providers to Calvert City?
Our town has many things already in place to foster positive sustainable growth. Police, Fire, Water, Sewer, utilities, zoning and liquor regulation complement our proximity to transportation, tourism, and day time customers who are employed by local industry. Unfortunately, the status of the overall economy has dampened expansion.
As a council member I will work to make the City easier for developers to work with and support marketing of Calvert City as a community, not just an industrial location.
3. What are the key issues you would chose to focus on during the next two years if you are elected or re-elected to the Calvert City Council?
Continue to run Calvert City in a fiscally responsible manner. We must work within the constraints of existing tax revenue to provide services and infrastructure improvements necessary to keep our town a vibrant growing community. I believe my experience as a site manager for local industry has allowed me to add value to this process through my previous two terms.
The importance Calvert City’s role as a regional industrial center will grow as existing Purchase Area industries progress through planned shutdowns. We need to leverage this strength into seeking state and federal projects to not only support the existing industrial base but also work to put job producing infrastructure into place. This has become ever more challenging as larger communities compete for the same attention. I have done this through my work on the Council, River Port Board and Calvert Area Industrial Wastewater Committee.
We currently have excellent access to the river, rail, and interstate. As plans continue to develop for Interstate 69 we must be sure Calvert City retains excellent access.
Continue and improve progress to make interaction with City government available on-line for those who desire it while keeping it personal for those who do not.