As a city council member, I will focus on the following issues.
Technology has been instrumental in driving down crime rates. From tracking stolen guitars to mapping fired gunshots, many new devices are helping police in their effort to drive down crime rates. 12 new license plate readers will be installed in the next couple of months, giving our police department a way to collect information on vehicles entering the city. License-plate readers are an increasingly popular way for the police to find stolen cars and catch up with people with expired licenses or active warrants. I’m confident technical changes like this will act as a deterrent for criminal activity in our city.
Businesses pay a significant portion of all taxes in the United States, including income tax, property tax and employment tax. Having more businesses in the local economy can boost tax income for local governments, bringing in more money to repair and maintain roads, parks and improve public services.
Local government can play a role in helping businesses start, continue to grow and relocate to specific areas. This can be done by offering start-up incentives and taking steps to create a “business-friendly” environment. These steps include tax credits, worker training, free land, zoning changes, low-interest loans, infrastructure improvements and help with fast-tracking licensing and permitting.
Improving City Park
Just as water, sewer, and public safety are considered essential public services, parks are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in a community, ensuring the health of families and youth, and contributing to the economic and environmental well-being of a community and a region. Parks are a tangible reflection of the quality of life in a community. They provide identity for citizens and are a major factor in the perception of quality of life in a given community.
The of Duluth is in its second year of the Duluth NOW program. The goal of the program is to improve property values, improve the quality of life for all residents and assist elected official in land-use decisions. Currently, the city is also working on a comprehensive long-term plan for housing. We want to make sure the city not only has enough housing, but also supports people in that housing, to support businesses and programs already in Duluth.
Recently the City of Duluth has entered into an intergovernmental agreement with Gwinnett County government for the design and construction of 6 transportation projects that will improve safety and walkability in our city. These projects are Main Street Multi-Use Trail, SR 120/George Rogers/DHS intersection (signal), Rogers Bridge Road at Main Street intersection (signal or roundabout), Pine Needle Intersection Relocation, Bunten Road Sidewalks and Western Gwinnett Bikeway.
As a member of the city council I will be a forceful advocate for a transportation policy that best serves the needs of residents. I plan on using the feedback I heard from residents to move our city forward on transportation and work with stakeholders to ensure our city will have a bright and prosperous future.
CONNECT DULUTH is a new outreach program designed to spark meaningful conversations among members of the community and the City of Duluth. Do you have something you want to share with us? If so, CONNECT with us at our upcoming civic meeting. Every event we will invite 10 people to join us. The program will give residents a chance to meet with council members in an informal setting to discuss the city.