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Aging infrastructure is the biggest concern. We have been able to start saving to address current issues but the accrual is slow and not adequate. There are also future requirements/needs that must be addressed. The pool of funding is inadequate.
I don’t remember this ever coming up as an issue in our Town before. In my opinion, it may be because we have such kind, helpful, and generous residents in our small town. I can not speak for future Councils, but our current Council would address the situation with deep concern and a desire for action.
I am currently the point of contact for a new program to our Town. It is called "Santa for Seniors" and will focus on providing Christmas for our senior citizens. I am also a senior citizen. Further, I volunteer with the Albion Food Pantry each month. The food pantry provides delivery services for non-ambulatory seniors.
I think it is the duty of every elected official to apply the laws as written.
Again, aging infrastructure is our biggest concern. Water, sewer, streets, and parks must be maintained with little funding.
Every issue is urgent in the sense that all issues are important to the overall functioning of our Town. The time of year tends to dictate what needs to be addressed at the moment. I would identify a secondary water storage facility and new backup generator as first on the priority list.
I currently sit on Town Council and have developed a healthy, forthright, and honest working relationship with the Mayor. It is important to keep a positive attitude and keep a sense of humor handy when addressing difficult funding decisions or other issues.
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One of the issues I would like to see developed and implemented is a Planning committee which would be needed to address the Albion 2023 comprehensive Plan created in 2003. Many of the complaints and issues addressed dating back in 2003, continue to be concerns and issues being seen today still unaddressed. On page 35 of this comprehensive plan book, under issues, visions and goals, citizens of Albion clearly outline their desires and goals for their town, but, I would like to implement a current door to door survey to identify needs and desires of the citizens today.
Homelessness is not a one answer solution. Working with our county and state experts while maintaining an updated knowledge of resources available is one way we can address the issue in our town.
. The greatest thing we can do as a town towards our seniors would be a Good Neighbor Policy. Always watchful, respectful and helpful if needed. As an official be knowledgeable of resources and diligent to aide when needed while promoting this positive attitude.
Immigrations and illegals policies are being fought on the federal and state levels. We as town officials should follow the laws as given to us to uphold without personal prejudice or bias views. Let each citizen adhere to their own conscious and act according to the law as they understand it to mean.
Transparency of what our officials are doing for our town without charging for a Public records request to ask a simple question; such as quarterly updates including what goals have been accomplished and what new goals are being addressed by our board members? A more informative process of communication with citizens outside of town meetings that last 15 minutes and printed town meeting minutes that are vague is some of the objectives I would like to see accomplished.
An awareness of the separation of officials and citizens is a primary concern of mine. Many feel the lack of information hinders them from finding any answers. This breakdown in communication lends itself to miscommunication and misinformation. I would like to help build a bridge that connects both parties with an open and friendly dialog.
. My method in working with the Mayor would be open communication, encouragement and a willingness to find solutions to the problems.