Four seats up for grabs in Avon City Council races – Morning Journal
There are four Avon City Council seats up for grabs on November 2 when voters go to the polls.
Candidates compete for four-year positions that pay $ 13,700 per year.
Ward 1 features a three-way race between Corey Barnes, Bob Butkowski and Jennifer Demaline; Ward 2 is a two-man race between Dennis McBride and Mark Pesta; Ward 3 is between Rebecca Martin and Tony Moore and Ward 4 is a three-way race with Andrew McDonnell, Russell Mead and Scott Radcliffe.
Here are some of the responses candidates gave to the Morning Journal questionnaires.
Barnes said he would prioritize maintaining Avon’s parks while seeking grants to increase the tree canopy.
It would also work to improve the city’s infrastructure by exploring ways to increase interconnectivity.
“Creating more ways to get from here to there means fewer cars on the road, which benefits everyone,” he said.
Improving communication between the city and its residents would also be on its radar.
“As a project manager, communication with stakeholders is a major part of my job and I will strive to correct these communication gaps within the city,” said Barnes.
Barnes said he would work to implement a long-term plan for Avon’s future if elected.
“I hope to work with the council to develop a plan for where we want the city to be in five, 10 and 15 years with measurable goals to get us there,” he said.
The incumbent, Butkowksi, said he would continue to focus on long-term city planning if re-elected.
“Proper planning for the city’s future is the biggest challenge,” he said. “I approached growth by launching a study on how best to grow while maintaining a small town feel. “
It would also seek to improve traffic in the congested area of State Route 83 and Detroit Road.
In addition, he would seek to buy more land to convert into parks.
As for his achievements during his tenure, he highlighted his work in negotiating the city’s waste transport contract.
“(It) saved $ 1.1 million for the city and the schools,” he said. “In addition, the contract also froze resident rates for four years. “
Demaline would focus on planning for increased growth in the city while managing the growth that has already occurred.
“We are at a time when Avon needs a well-developed plan for sustainable growth for the future,” she said. “Development must be strategic and ensure financial longevity for residents and business owners of Avon.
Connectivity would also be something she would work on.
“We are an active community who want the connectivity and fitness opportunities that are available when sidewalks and safe street crossings are in place,” she said.
Demaline would also work to improve communication. She would move to launch an email newsletter for her ward and be active on social media as well.
“Informed citizenship leads to an engaged and involved community,” she said.
McBride did not return a Morning Journal questionnaire.
Pesta did not return a Morning Journal questionnaire.
Making the city more pedestrian-friendly would be one of the three things Martin would work on if elected.
“Runners, walkers and cyclists are forced to hit the road and it’s just not safe,” she said. “Some children cannot cycle to school because there are no sidewalks to connect home and school. I will use the existing sidewalk program that Avon has to request sidewalks in Ward 3 to increase connectivity.
Improving infrastructure would be another.
“Most of the current infrastructure was put in place when Avon was a much smaller community,” Martin added. “I will work with the current administration and board to ensure that traffic jams and flooding continue to be at the forefront of the issues we are dealing with.”
Communication would also be at the center of his concerns.
“If I am elected, I think it is my duty to the residents of Ward 3 to listen to their concerns and then act,” she said. “I will investigate the issues they are giving me and take action. If an issue cannot be resolved in the manner requested, I will let the residents know and let them know what can be done. “
Martin vowed to be the voice of his parish if elected.
“I will work hard for the residents to make sure their voices are heard and that Avon continues to thrive,” she said.
Moore considers flood control in the city a high priority.
“We can prioritize areas with flooding problems so that we can continue to work on improving the drainage of our storm sewer systems while keeping the sewage systems clean and free of debris,” he said. -he declares. “I will continue to seek grants to help us improve the roads. “
It would also work to control residential growth.
One way Moore proposed to do it would be “to demand more stringent guidelines from developers on improving the infrastructure where they grow.” He would also lobby to increase the size of the lots.
He would also work on increasing the number of trees in the city.
“Planting trees is a simple infrastructure technique. Increasing our canopy helps reduce stormwater runoff by absorbing precipitation and improving the way stormwater filters through the soil, ”said Moore.
Moore said his experience on the board makes him the best candidate.
“I believe that as an independent business owner, I can bring unique leadership and planning skills to the table,” said Moore.
McDonnell noted that the city’s rapid growth placed emphasis on the city’s infrastructure, which he would strive to improve.
“We need to partner with other cities to rework a master plan to reduce congestion and keep growing,” he said. “My relationships with leaders not only in these cities, but also at the county, state and country levels, can help bring the resources and expertise to a project of this size. “
He said the Lorain County leadership pool is aging and he’s ready to be part of the next group of leaders who will continue to push it forward.
“I hope to be a leader in finding and growing our pipeline to ensure our city and county continues to grow in the right direction,” McDonnell said. “I have been mentored by some of the best the county has to offer and I am ready to take us forward.”
Connectivity in the city is a priority for Meade, with an emphasis “on safety, convenience and comfort for those on bicycles and on foot,” he said.
He is also concerned about the growth of the city
“I would like to have open discussions on managing growth in our city,” he said.
Meade is also reportedly lobbying for projects that benefit the city’s younger generations.
He said he strongly believes in using a collaborative approach to fuel progress and that he will keep “an open ear to listen to feedback from our community and its residents.”
Meade is proud of his service as a US Navy who fought in Iraq and his time as a volunteer football coach.
“I am a businessman who deals with clients on a daily basis,” he said. “I find that a key ingredient in these successful relationships is trust, which includes listening and developing solutions to problems while ensuring timely follow-up.”
Radcliffe is a current council member and if re-elected he would continue to work to manage the city’s growth.
“This includes making positive and fiscally sound decisions for residents while planning for growth in traffic and (security) services to keep residents safe,” he said.
Other means that he would seek to develop would be the purchase of land for more green spaces and parks.
He would also seek to expand businesses on Chester Road, while continuing to promote housing development south of Interstate 90.
Radcliffe said his five years as a board member and before that six years with the Avon School Board demonstrates his ability to get things done and solve problems for community members.
“I have worked with residents on personal property issues, road repairs, improvement / installation of sidewalks, flood issues and have been part of the positive decision making for the city. which has seen the expansion of community green spaces / parks and recreation options for all residents, “he said.” As a Ward 4 Councilor, I will continue to advocate for the best choices for Ward 4 and all residents of this great city. ”