Steve Young to join Bucyrus City Council as 4th Ward representative
The Bucyrus of today is not the Bucyrus that Steve Young remembers from his childhood. As the representative of the fourth quarter on the Bucyrus city council from January, he hopes to do something about it.
“I remember growing up in this city, and it was just different,” he said. “I kind of want it to come back to that, where there’s a little more pride, the businesses are up and running. I just remember running on my bike when I was a kid. It just seemed like there was. just the more stuff was going on, there was more going on in town … it just looks different now. “
He said the city now appears to be moving in the right direction – especially when it comes to downtown businesses – and he would like to help keep that going. Things like The Copper Irons and a planned microbrewery will draw more people downtown, as will the designated outdoor refreshment area, or DORA.
“In my mind, the further downtown you can go and the more people want to be downtown, the more people are interested in Bucyrus, the more likely you are to get people to move to Bucyrus,” he said. he declared. “So I kind of want this wheel to keep spinning. “
Independent ran unopposed in November
Young, an independent, ran unopposed in November. As a board member, he hopes to gain a better understanding of the inner workings of what is happening in the city and to have an influence. “At least I’m making my voice heard,” he said.
He does not have a specific agenda, he said, which will allow him to be “more free and open” to base his decisions on what is best for Bucyrus.
His own ward “is unusual,” Young said; it has residential sections, but it also includes most of the downtown area.
“It stretches just south of Tim Horton’s to Pickwick Place; it stretches from the Elks and the fire department to the west. He has the fire department, the police department, the town hall, Kroger, the school, Aumiller – he has it all. “
“Empty lots are not income”
There are also a lot of vacant lots where buildings have been demolished.
“What are we going to do to move forward other than leaving these things blank? Because they don’t do anything,” he said. “They’re just sitting there empty.”
He would like to consider changing the zoning rules or granting exceptions to allow new homes or businesses to be built on the same footprint.
“Empty land doesn’t generate revenue, and revenue is what makes the city run,” Young said.
He manages the forestry department of AEP Ohio, dealing with vegetation management in 22 counties, and meets with many communities in the area.
“You can go to some of these areas, and you can see that the vacant lots are not a good thing,” he said. “Usually when you see a prosperous neighborhood that is doing well, there is no vacant land because people want to live there.”
When people visit the community and see new houses coming up, “it may make another person want to build a new house or buy in Bucyrus,” he said.
Born and raised in Bucyrus
Staying in town was never a question for Young, 905 Nevada Road.
“Born and raised in Bucyrus, graduated from Bucyrus high school; my wife, born and raised in Bucyrus, graduated from Bucyrus high school; three children, all graduates of Bucyrus High School; and two of my children still live in Bucyrus. The other one moved west, ”he said. “Almost everything in my life has been in and around Bucyrus for sure.”
He joined Bucyrus’ police assistant after graduating from high school in 1990 and later graduating from the police academy. He served as a Special Assistant in the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office before continuing his current career.
“I’m not a politician; I never claimed to be a politician,” Young said. “I’m trying to take a side seat in politics because it can be a bit crazy. I guess the most important thing is that I’ll be available as much as possible; I’ll answer anyone’s questions.”
He will do his best to answer all questions as quickly and completely as possible, he said.
“Obviously my family is first and foremost, and with my job I have a few late evenings… but I will answer everyone, I will come back with everyone,” he said. “I will do my best to represent the people who elected me, the residents of Ward Four, as well as the citizens of Bucyrus.…
“At least for these two years, I am committed to whatever the parish needs.