Louisville City Council Ward II
As a home rule city operating under a council-manager form of government, the City Council is the governing body of the City. The City Charter lays out the rules and regulations under which the City operates.The Mayor is elected at-large and two council members are elected from each of the City's three wards, each to a four-year term.Vote for one to represent Ward II.
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What are the three major issues the City faces in the next five years?
How would you approach the City budget process and address any budget shortfalls in the future?
What are you thoughts about the need to improve Louisville’s current infrastructure (roads, schools, water, emergency response, etc.) or can these be easily adapted to provide for the current residential growth?
How would you resolve concerns of downtown residents, business owners and performers regarding noise levels?
I have been a CU Administrator for 42 years primarily involved in administrative services, facilities management, capital development, and real estate. I have lived in Louisville for over 33 years and raised my two children who attended our local public schools. I served on the Louisville Planning Commission for 23 years and the Louisville City Council during the past 4 years. I received a BS- Business Administration (SUNY Plattsburgh) and MBA and MS-Finance (CU Boulder)
Louisville will continue to feel the pressures of increased regional economic expansion and population growth. We must make good land-use and investment decisions which will enable Louisville to maintain its “brand” and promote the high quality of life which makes the City special. However, Louisville also needs to be forward thinking and responsive to change, just as it has over the past several decades. Three major issues the City will face in the next five years include: (1) responding to regional growth and pressures and the impacts to our community; (2) continuing to provide the highest quality "core" city services (public safety, utilities, transportation, etc.) expected by our citizens within the City's budget limitations, and (3) ensuring fiscal sustainability by supporting our business community and tax base.
The City currently has a balanced budget and a "sustainable" fiscal pathway. We need to continue to align our community priorities and spending. Louisville has implemented a "biannual" budget process which should provide the City administration improved certainty on resource planning which should lead to better efficiencies in its spending. The City has also implemented improved program budgeting processes and outcome measurements which will provide better measurement of budget results utilizing defined key indicators of success.
To prevent budget shortfalls in the future, the City needs to continue to be focused on providing the basic city services our residents expect and not be distracted in wasting funding and other resources on issues and requests that do not align with our community goals and priorities.
Louisville needs to make strategic investments in certain elements of its community infrastructure to maintain the quality-of-life that our residents expect, while recognizing our limited resources. The most urgent of these needs include pedestrian and bicycle connectivity between the northern part of the City to our downtown central core. The connections between those areas across South Boulder Road need to be improved to support both pedestrian safety and traffic. Traffic calming also needs to be better managed, particularly in our residential areas and near local schools. The City is considering funding for a transportation master plan next year that will allow greater focus on all of these issues.
Louisville has been very proactive in rebuilding its water and wastewater treatment plants and upgrading its water distribution infrastructure.
The City has also allocated significantly more resources to repairing and maintaining our City streets over that past several y
We need to have our police officers work more closely with local businesses and residents and enforce our existing public nuisance ordinances which can protect downtown residents' expectations to enjoy quiet residential neighborhoods while allowing our local business community thrive. Downtown businesses provide a great venue for live music and entertainment. That helps provide a vibrant downtown. However, all of that needs to be done in concert with our residents enjoyment of their homes and neighborhoods.
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