Train traffic as we all know is causing undue hardships on our resident’s daily lives. Stopped trains are not only a hazard because they block our fire and police departments from protecting us, but it is strangling some of our businesses as well. Some residents have even told me they're considering moving because of this issue alone. To solve this problem I have been talking with open minded members of our state and federal government to come up with a permanent solution to this stranglehold on our community. We shouldn't be forced to bear the cost of this burden thrust upon us alone.
Open government, means residents deserve to have access to the documents of the township. Making government information available to the public is a requirement for an informed citizenry and an accountable government. On day one I will start sharing as many documents digitally as I can for free and making them searchable. I will make available permanently all township board meeting videos going forward and as many as I can from the past, that have not already been destroyed. YouTube allows us to store them online for free, and I fought to get them posted there in the first place. There is no reason to hide them after the minutes have been posted. You are the owners of this information you should be able to get to it with ease!
Availability, to the residents will be a big part of my job as supervisor. You will be able to find me like you currently do on most days in the community if I am not at the office. My office will be open to everyone and my calendar will be published online. Sometime you may not be able to make to the office during business hours so I will make myself available when it is good for you. I am already looking forward to working with you!
Seniors, need to have the ability to get around, be well informed, and protected. I will not let our senior busses fall into disrepair, because for some this is the only way they can get around. I have been talking with many who were unaware of the services that are available to them and I will continue to reach out to all of them. I will be meeting regularly to make sure our seniors are up to date on local threats including fraud. My office will be a place to go to get information.
Events and Activities are vitally important to bring residents together, and to bring business to our community. I will be working with different organizations inside and outside of our community to bring more activities home for our residents. Currently I am working with our Huron Rotary to bring a new Tasting event to Huron Township. This will be the first year for this event and we are hoping it will be a big success. Sometimes it takes some out of the box ideas to make things work. If you have a great idea to bring residents together, please let me know!
Public safety and roads need to be addressed. With revenue cuts by the state government, and changes in how local government is allowed to enforce laws the state has effectively stolen money and rights from our community. These changes have made Huron less safe! I have worked on making changes to some state laws to help our township. I have had to go outside of our district to get traction. These changes would help pay for an extra officer and safer roads. I will bring proven leadership and needed integrity to the township office.
Community based ambulance service loss has been a major concern to many residents I met with. I spoke out against outsourcing emergency transport and the dangers of it. I have witnessed firsthand the outsourced drivers coming from outside our community on a run. I will be working with some new board members to make Huron Township safe again. We need ambulances and drivers based here that know the area when minutes count. We need leaders who understand that!