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City of Lima Council 1st Ward - Term Commences 01/01/18

City Council members must be a resident of their respective Ward. Council Members are to ensure the city fulfills its duties under the law and lawfully exercises its powers. They act as liaisons between the city and the general public. Their concerns are the conduct of the daily affairs of the city and also the future development of the city. They have authority over the administrative affairs in the city and legislating for the city.Salary: $12,115.Term: 4 years
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    Todd Gordon 1ST WARD LIMA CITY COUNCIL

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    Ray Magnus Retired / Business Owner

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1. What changes do you expect to occur in the First Ward in the next 10 years, and how will your leadership impact that change?

2. List the major safety changes you see in your ward and describe how you will deal with those issues.

3. Although council members are elected to represent a specific ward, decisions made by the council as a whole impact the entire city. What qualifies you to represent your ward and also function as a member of council and make decisions for the good of the entire city?

Current Occupation AIR QUALITY TECH
Education GRADUATE OF ELIDA HIGH SCHOOL SOME COLLEGE COURSES AT RHODES STATE
Training & Experience 4 YEARS LIMA CITY COUNCIL
(419) 296-4992
NOW THAT WE HAVE RHODES STATE COLLEGE COMING TO DOWNTOWN AND THE 43 TOWN SQUARE BUILDING GETTING RENOVATED AS WELL AS THE BEAUTIFUL NEW STADIUM PARK IN PLACE, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE US FOCUS ON THE RENOVATION OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS. FOCUS OUR TIME AND MONEY ON PAVING THE STREETS, REPLACING THE CURBS AND SIDEWALKS IN NOT JUST THE FIRST WARD BUT THE ENTIRE CITY OF LIMA. WORKING AS THE CHAIR OF THE PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE FOR THE LAST 2 YEARS, AND BEING A PART OF IT ALL 4 YEARS, I HAVE WORKED ON MANY PROJECTS AND HAVE LEARNED THE PROCESS. I HAVE ALSO BEEN APPOINTED TO THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE WITH THE REGION PLANNING COMMISSION AND HAVE LEARNED HOW MUNICIPALITIES GET FEDERAL FUNDINGS FOR PROJECTS LIKE THIS.
THE MAJOR SAFETY ISSUES IN THE 1ST WARD IS THE CONTINUED DRUG PROBLEM THAT WE SEE ALL OVER THE CITY, STATE AND NATION. AS THE FIRST WARD CITY COUNCILOR I WAS AT THE FORE FRONT OF BRINGING BACK THE C.O.P. NEIGHBORHOOD STATIONS. I ALSO HAVE SUPPORTED THE LIMA POLICE DEPARTMENT ON EVERY REQUEST. I PERSONALLY WOULD LIKE TO SEE US INVEST MORE MONEY INTO THE LIMA POLICE DEPARTMENT TO CLEAN UP THE DRUG PROBLEMS WE HAVE IN OUR AREA. ANOTHER ISSUE I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS WOULD BE THE GUN VIOLENCE AND VIOLENCE IN GENERAL WE HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING WITH OUR YOUTH IN LIMA. I HAVE AND ALWAYS WILL SUPPORT ALL OF OUR SAFETY SERVICE PERSONNEL.
THE MAJORITY OF THE DECISIONS MADE ON COUNCIL PERTAIN TO THE OVERALL BETTERMENT OF THE CITY. THERE ARE SEVERAL QUALITIES I BELIEVE I HAVE, ONE BEING THAT I LISTEN TO THE CONSTITUENTS AND COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE WARD AND THE CITY. ALSO MY WILLINGNESS TO BE A RESPECTFUL PERSON TO EVERYONE, INCLUDING THOSE I MAY DISAGREE WITH, HELPS WORK THROUGH PROBLEMS AND CONFLICT IN A PEACEFUL MANNER. ONE EXAMPLE BEING IN MY PAST, I WAS A UNION PRESIDENT AT MY PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT AND WHILE WORKING WITH MANAGMENT WE WERE ABLE TO SETTLE ISSUES THROUGH COMMUNICATIONS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. THEREFORE WE HAD THE LEAST GRIEVANCES IN THE HISTORY OF A UNION PRESIDENTS REGIMEN. MY COMMON SENSE AND UNDERSTANDING OF SITUATIONS ALSO HELP EXPEDITE ISSUES AND PROBLEMS. FINALLY I WILL NOT BE OUTWORKED, BEING PERSISTANT AT SOLVING PROBLEMS WAS BRED INTO ME FROM CHILDBIRTH.
Current Occupation Retired / Business Owner
Education College
Training & Experience Former 1st Ward City Councilman Former Police Officer
(419) 303-9693
The changes I expect are the amount of vacant / abandoned structures being demolished in the 1st Ward. This will open the area up for new homes, new businesses or green spaces to be used for community gardens or kids playgrounds. I have been an advocate for the demolition of these properties for about 15 years. I have personally been involved with the neighborhood association to fulfill this responsibility.
Demo the vacant / abandoned properties in the ward. This removes places for the people doing wrong to hide. The 1st Ward is lacking in proper working street lights. Install more lights in neighborhoods. Work (as I am doing) to get more people involved with neighborhood associations. Work with the city / county police to foster a trust between the police and the residents. Continue to communicate with the authorities (as I am doing) on getting rid of the drug houses in the ward and city.
I have a very good relationship with the local / county / state / federal elected and appointed officials to be able to foster a positive working relationship to be heard and to get things done. I’m a very positive results oriented individual that will ask the questions to get answers to our problems. I’m not a yes man regardless of who might be the official and I will continue to ask and demand answers to a lot of why questions.

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