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Merriam Council Ward 2

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    Nancy Hammond
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Biographical Information

What do you believe are the three critical projects or initiatives that will move your city/district forward?

What skills, expertise, experience, or competencies qualify you for this position?

How will you address diversity issues in your city?

What specific actions should your city take or continue to insure affordable housing is available?

What do you believe is the ideal relationship between your city and the state government?

Do you support tax incentives in order to bring business to your city?

Personal Biography Former business owner. Former First Vice America Legion Auxiliary. Wreaths Across America Committee Member. Member of Water Garden Society of Greater Kansas City. Bringing 1000 people to Merriam, Kansas. 30 year resident. Former Journalist of the Kansas City Kansan Newspaper. Former Downtown Shawnee Beautification Committee Member. Community Emergency Response Team. I love our community and have wonderful plans for our city.
Campaign Address 5845 Perry Ln. Merriam, Ks.
Campaign Phone (913) 980-1444
Community/Public Service Community Emergency Response Team. Wreaths Across America Committee Member. Former First Vice President for American Legion Auxiliary. Water Garden Society of Greater Kansas City. Bringing 1000 people to Merriam, Kansas. Former Downtown Shawnee Beautification Committee Member.
Lower the Mill Levy. We need to care for our residents with tax burdens. Adding new businesses. A concrete plan for Merriam, Kansas taking us off a floodplain. Re evaluation for our roads more traffic. Drainage issues in neighborhoods.
I have worked with the public for over 30 years. Bringing ideas to other cities. Volunteering for 30 years Bringing people together. I bring the community voices to cities. Helping people is something I love doing. I look at a City Council seat as service work for our community.
Every city faces diversity of some sort. This is a wide open question. Rather it be a diversity in incomes, race, gender or housing. I personally have respected any individual as they are. Helping one another starts there. I like to find ways of easing tax burdens on our veterans and senior citizens and those facing issues of taxes right now. We have a variety of diversity. Reaching out with grants and opportunities is very important.
Merriam, Kansas is a small city. We need to keep it affordable for our citizens like veterans, senior citizens. Making sure our grant programs are going to the people in need. Merriam, Kansas doesn't have a grocery store or bus transportation. We need to conquer issues like this first before adding other affordable housing like apartments.
A general law City has a structure largely shaped by a states law or constitution. We need strong leadership and management. Following the constitution.
I support incentives if done with out raising our taxes. My first task would be redevelopment of the old Kmart on Antioch. Getting a grocery store. Commercial properties should fit the needs of its residents. I would only support tax incentives making sure the incentive worked in getting the business to follow through with construction and opening.
Personal Biography I am a mother in a blended, multi-racial, bilingual family. Until the pandemic I was active in my kids' school and was part of the PTA. I am a college graduate with a degree in Landscape and Turf Management, and am a former small-business owner. I value education, nature, and community.
Campaign Phone (913) 735-0828
Campaign Email amy.4.merriam@gmail.com
Education Bachelors in Landscape and Turf Management, Minor in American Ethnic Studies
1) High-value gathering areas 2) Walkability 3) Affordable housing I believe we need more high-value gathering areas, such as community gardens, dog parks, etc. Additionally we need to improve the walkability to those gathering places as well as across town. Fixing the sidewalks that are cracked and broken and installing sidewalks where there are none will give people alternative methods of transit and recreation. Lastly, providing a wider variety of housing options and giving people the option to rent or own will allow suitable housing for families and individuals.
As a supervisor in food service I have experience working with people and have developed skills that correlate well in the public service department. I listen attentively with a sense of compassion, and try to find solutions that will benefit all involved.
Encouraging inclusivity and equality allows for a more diverse and prosperous community. I would vote to amend any laws which might have allowed segregation and prejudice to continue in our community. I would vote to protect the rights to freedom, liberty, and equality for all people.
The city of Merriam has not raised residential property taxes in over a decade and I would continue to support that trend. I would also like to see more diverse housing options, such as town homes and condos, that can accommodate the needs of the elderly and the disabled. Expanded options in both the rental and home sales markets would allow individuals and families of all ages to find suitable housing.
City and state government deal with separate issues, for the most part, and therefore should remain relatively autonomous. However; cities do have to follow rules set in place by the state government therefore city officials should be aware of what is going on at the state level in order to weigh-in on issues that will effect the city.
I am not opposed to using tax incentives to draw businesses or, better yet, help launch and grow local businesses. That said, the use of tax incentives should be carefully structured to ensure that existing local businesses are not placed at a disadvantage. Additionally, care should be taken to ensure that the businesses receiving tax incentives uphold the values of the city and provide quality jobs.