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Westlake City Council, Ward 5

Term: 4 yearsSalary: $15,600 (2018)Incumbent Kenneth R. Brady, who's been on City Council for 21 years, is being challenged by Amy Green Havelka.
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What should be done by the city regarding the ongoing deer problem? What is your personal view about handling the problem?

What is your opinion of Westlake's exploration of other water suppliers? What should be budgeted to handle related legal costs that could be incurred?

How should the city deal with increased traffic on Center Ridge Road because of the planned elementary school campus?

Does--or can--the city have any input on issues of parking and traffic flow within Crocker Park?

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Age 46
Education Bachelor of Science in Business (Major: Accountancy), Miami University, OH. Master of Business Administration, Baldwin Wallace University, OH.
Current occupation Certified Public Accountant at Amy Green Havelka, CPA. Assistant Treasurer at Coats For Kids - Cleveland.
Qualifications for office Born and raised here in Northeast Ohio, I have been a resident of Westlake and Ward 5 for over 18 years. Professionally, I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with my MBA. I have worked with individuals, small and large companies and for-profit and non-profit organizations. Currently, I work for myself and a local charity, Coats for Kids. I’m grateful to be able to use my profession to give back to the community. Over the years I have been elected president of three different PTA units, the most recent being the Westlake Council of PTAs which oversees all of the PTA units in Westlake and interacts with other community organizations. I have served on the Strategic Planning Commission with Westlake City Schools, a group of community members, business owners, parents, and staff dedicated to plotting the course for our schools in the future. I represented parents during Recreation Master Plan meetings for the City of Westlake. I enjoy listening to and working with those in our community. I believe that’s one of the most important parts of being a Councilperson. I have a great working relationship with Mayor Clough and have been meeting with him to discuss the concerns and questions the residents of Ward 5 have. I would be honored to represent everyone in Ward 5 on City Council and be a resource for them. With my financial background and ability to communicate with our community, I know that I would be an asset on Westlake City Council.
Email address friendsofagh@gmail.com
Twitter @FriendsofAGH
While meeting with the residents of Ward 5, I would say that this is one of their top concerns. Many feel that the city isn’t doing enough. This past year the city participated in a deer culling program which they plan on expanding this year. This problem is not unique to Westlake. All of our surrounding communities face it as well. I would like to see the city research additional methods to control the deer population and coordinate efforts with neighboring cities.
Cities should be free to research water suppliers in order to bring their residents lower costs and better customer service. As far as budgeting potential legal costs, I would recommend that the Finance and Law departments work together to come up with a reasonable and conservative estimate based on all available information.
I have attended meetings regarding this and have been impressed with how the city, school district, and community have worked together and listened to each other about concerns. This must continue since a project this large will have an impact on our entire city. The expansion of the Dover Center/Center Ridge intersection will help as well as the planned traffic lights at Dover Center/Westown Blvd and Center Ridge/Glenmore. It is essential that the city, school district, and community continue to communicate with each other throughout the process and make any necessary modifications to the plan.
It’s vital that the city and Crocker Park have open lines of communication and foster an environment conducive to collaboration. When we work together, all of Westlake wins.

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