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Dunwoody, City Council, District 2, Post 2

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    Jim Riticher Mostly retired, career in engineering and IT management and consulting

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What experience do you bring to the job to set policy for your city and what is your motivation to serve?

What, in your opinion, is the biggest budget issue facing your city and how, if elected would you propose to address it?

How should your city address the issues of lobbyist gifts, ethical behavior, and transparency in government?

Legal Permanent Residents and naturalized citizens contribute over a billion dollars in state and local taxes each year. How will you help ensure your city is a welcoming place for foreign born entrepreneurs and their families?

Cities across the country are embracing aggressive goals to reduce carbon pollution. What do you believe your municipality should do to support cleaner air?

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Incumbent with nearly four years of experience in city government. Certificate of Recognition from the Georgia Municipal Association for taking classes in areas such as municipal law, municipal finance, and public safety. By my giving this additional time to the position, I am better able to serve my constituents. Much of what a city government does is build things (public works, parks, etc.) or pass judgement on projects proposed to be build in the city (planning and zoning), My background in commercial building engineering means I understand construction and read plans better than the vast majority of elected officials, which is very useful in the city council's consideration of these matters.

I ran 4 years ago because I saw a need for more emphasis on basic infrastructure, and believe my efforts in this area and others should continue with the experience I’ve gained. There is a learning curve, and I believe Dunwoody would be best served by a candidate who knows the ropes and our citizens, and has lived in the community for a significant amount of time.

Most of the problems we have stem from many years of county neglect. We are catching up on those years of deferred repaving and improving our parks. It only takes time and money, and we are working on these areas in a fiscally responsible way (no debt). Our current paving rate yields about a 20 year repaving cycle. We were paving less, such that our paving cycle was more like 24 years, so a significant improvement.

We have been underserved with parks, and there is quite a bit of new park infrastructure coming in the next couple years, with engineering for new fields and a bandshell currently under consideration in the 2018 budget. Looking a few years down the road, the old Austin Elementary and land will become the city’s from the land swap with DCSS, and that will become incremental park land. We will need a city conversation on how to best use that property, and we have time to do that properly.

In summary, we have a careful balancing act to maintain in keeping our excellent police force at that level, while continuing to catch up on infrastructure in the two key areas discussed above. We have been maintaining a good balance here, and we need to continue that.
We have addressed the issue of ethics with a strong ethics code, a designated ethics board with excellent members from the community, and have a Certified City of Ethics designation from the Georgia Municipal Association.

We endeavor to be as transparent as possible, and our city clerk is regularly consulted by state officials and legislators in how to best handle open records and financial disclosure law and procedure. We have top level expertise in this area.
We embrace all legal entrepreneurs in Dunwoody and have a very diverse citizenry.
We strongly encourage, nearly require, LEED certification in our Perimeter zoning overlay (there are some alternate paths to code compliance). Most policy in this area is set by Federal and State statute. And most large commercial buildings are choosing to be LEED certified due to market forces, based on recent zoning requests we've seen.
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