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Election 2012

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Smithfield

Ruth Clark

How long have you been on the council?

Came on, I think to replace someone, 3 or 4 years.

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years?

Well, I’d like to see a little growth. That’s a long shot, maybe, but you can always hope. I’d like to see the town clean, and taken care of. I enjoy the park and hope people that will make use of it.

What are the biggest difficulties Smithfield faces as a city?

I hate to say it, but not everybody takes the pride that some people do. And I would like to see more people take more pride in their homes, their yards, you know, the surroundings. I’d like to see some of the stop signs enforced, but since we don’t have a regular police person, it’s hard to do. But I worry about children playing, and sometimes people don’t stop at stop signs.I’d like to see a little more enforcement.

What type of action can people expect from you?

I hope if they have problems, that they will feel free to come to me and talk, and I can take them to the board, and that has happened. I appreciate that. Just hope that people will use me as someone they can come to.

How has Smithfield improved during your time with the council?

Lots of things: we have the park, which is a beautiful little park. We have the Garden Club that does the pots. We put the welcome to Smithfield signs up. All cleaner and more open that people take pride.

How would you like residents to address their concerns to the council?

To know when they can be there, voice their opinion. We have had people this year to come and talk about their concerns. Just to feel free to come when the council meets on the first Monday of the month.

What does your vision of the future look like for Smithfield?

Vision and actual taking place actually is two things. I’d like to see a couple of little shops open. I’d add people making use of the park, it’s a really nice little park. As a whole, I love the little town, I love the people in it, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

 

Sue Kelly

How long have you been on the council?

2 years. 

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years?

I think to have a closer community.

What are the biggest difficulties Smithfield faces as a city?

Actually, it’s repossessed homes. We have several empty houses here. And then, the tax that is on people.

What type of action can people expect from you?

I’m willing to listen and help wherever or whatever

How has Smithfield improved during your time with the council?

I guess the only thing that I have done was, I did push for the city tax to be removed from our electric bill. I realized that it wasn’t a big tax, but it was money that people could use, that I didn’t think it was right. I think we’re all being taxed to much.

How would you like residents to address their concerns to the council?

I would like for them to show up for our meetings. Any time. And to express their thoughts and what they would like to see in our city.

What does your vision of the future look like for Smithfield?

If there are problems, that they should bring them before the council.

 

 Campbellsburg

Sharon Clem

How long have you been on the council?

For three years

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years?

I would love for Campbellsburg to grow and not lose its small town image. Progress with the sewer system. Be accountable to the citizens of our community. I am pleased with the way we continue moving forward with the community center. 

What are the biggest difficulties Campbellsburg faces as a city?

A lot of our young people have left and moved to follow jobs. We need to draw them back. They can hop on to the interstate and get to Cincinnati or Louisville.I’ve lived in this area for 40 years. I used to live in Louisville I wouldn’t go back. I would like to see people have the same opportunity my kids had growing up on the farm. 

What type of action can people expect from you?

I intend to look out for their welfare and spend their and my tax money wisely. Be more proactive than reactive.

How has Campbellsburg improved during your time with the council?

We have foreclosed on a property that has been sitting idle for years, we have moved on properties that were just falling down. We have looked into cleaning up Campbellsburg. We continue looking out for our citizens.

How would you like residents to address their concerns to the council?

Attend meetings. Stay abreast of the news. For issues of the community contact city hall.

What does your vision of the future look like for Campbellsburg?

I would like to see business grow by the interstate. Attract businesses and grow our tax base. It would mean so much more for our citizens. Now that we have gotten the sewer system under the interstate we need money to continue. We are making some strides toward improving the city and it is in good shape from frugal committees in the past. The Community Center will place a great place for young and old to congregate and enjoy themselves. Overall, Campbellsburg will be a better place to raise children and a better place to live.

 

Shelley Noe

How long have you been on the council?

4 years

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years?

I certainly want to see the completion of the community center and playground. And I would really like to see other family friendly things in place. We have talked collectively about walking trails and things like that. I would like to see those things come to fruition. The sidewalks being replaced where they needed to be replaced is something I hope that we can get accomplished because there are some areas where they are simply non existent.

I notice people walking now, where I haven’t seen them walking before. Especially people living and working in the city, they walk to work. I’ve not seen that before, but it’s something that I’ve noticed over the last few months.

As always, with tough economic times, some folks find themselves with sticky fingers in order to help make their ends meet, so I think police protection is something we’re going to have to stay on top of.

I just feel like the current council has done a good job of moving in the right direction and giving back to the commuty, I’d that to continue for us.

What are the biggest difficulties Campbellsburg faces as a city?

I think the biggest difficulties right now for us are lack of industry and lack of business. People are going out of town to spend their money, not realizing, that once they put a pencil to it, unless they’re consolidating trips, they’re not saving money.

I don’t see people focusing on the home town feel and supporting the businesses. Bringing in industry to fill the vacant houses. I don’t recall what the last number we had of vacant houses are. Several years ago, you couldn’t find a place to rent in Campbellsburg, but now it seems like there are vacancies everywhere.

What type of action can people expect from you?

I hate to say that I’m becoming more aggressive, but I think that I had a tough first year, with some issues that came up, and that caused me to be a little bit closed in speech and in action. I think our group is a good cohesive group, and I think that we work well together, and I find it easier to speak out for the things that I feel are important.

And I try to think with each decision that I make how it is going to affect everyone across the board. With the trash franchise, it wasn’t how is it going to affect the bill that I pay, it’s how is it going to help the elderly couple on the fixed income. I just hope that I can be a little bit more in tune with what is most needed and most useful for everyone across the board.

I’m hoping to be more of a leader than a follower. And just to be more conscious of the money that we are spending and where that money comes from and the fact that money is hard earned income, even though it’s tax money, it’s hard earned.

How has Campbellsburg improved during your time with the council?

I believe that when you drive through town, you see no visible changes in cleanliness and general up keep of property. The fact that the construction is going to start on the community center is going to be a huge thing. When you’re driving through town, your eye is drawn toward that area. I really feel like that is going to become the focus of the city with afterschool activities and the playground and things like that. I think those general improvements have done a lot. And Gabe (O’Nan) does a great job with those things.

Hopefully we will notice new business on the other side of the interstate because of the bore.

How would you like residents to address their concerns to the council?

You know, I find myself, I’m a big Facebooker. I find myself every month wanting to say, you know, please come to city council meetings. Lots of people have lots to say about the concerns that they have, but they never share them with us.

Call us at home, they can’t say that they don’t know who we are, because we live in a town of 600 people.

I want them to know that they can approach us with concerns that they have and that we may not all be, that we will stand up for their concerns, and that we will address their concerns.

It’s disheartening to me that people don’t take an interest in what we do. We could sit over there and play cards for an hour, and nobody would know the difference. With the annexation, we only had two families to show up, and they weren’t even people who had residential concerns. I think that is our job, is to serve the people who elect us. Without knowing what the concerns are, we can’t address them.

I wish that people would take a more active role in government. If somebody sees something that they don’t understand or they have questions about, call one of us and I promise we’ll find the answer.

If you have a complaint, instead of complaining to your neighbors, complain to us.

What does your vision of the future look like for Campbellsburg?

You know, I was thinking long and hard about this after the last meeting when Rex told us there had been some interest in a piece of property on the other side of the interstate and that it was industrial.

I would like to see growth, but I would like to see healthy growth. It just concerns me that easily we could get the wrong type of growth.

Where do I see the future? I’d like to see us continue to move forward in some of the projects that we have. And we need to realize that we are going to have to address the issues of enticing business into our area. But in the same respect, I think that we need to patronize those that we have.

I would like to see added police protection and those types of things. And I think that we are on the right track, but it is a slow process. And unfortunately, it’s one of those things that like in everything it takes money.

I would like to see us with some business out by the interstate, but I would like to see us maintain what we have and to see the citizens more supportive of the businesses that are here.

I was really, really disturbed when I found out that the baseball field at the elementary school might be demolished to add classrooms. That’s always been something that has been in the forefront of my mind, because when I moved here there were more children that wanted to play baseball in Campbellsurg than there were teams. I had to drive my child to New Castle to play on a team with no children that he knew because there were no adequate facilities here.

So I would like to see us address those things in the future, too. I just think that’s part of the healthy growth.

 

Lorraine Hawkins

How long have you been on the council?

I was appointed in latter part of 2011.

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years?

Well, I would hope that in the next 2 years we would see the completion of the Campbellsburg Station, which includes the community center, we would resolve and/or repair any issues with the Campbellsburg fire house and the completion of the grant for the sidewalks on Cardinal drive.

What are the biggest difficulties Campbellsburg faces as a city?

I would say in getting growth out at the Campbellsburg Industrial Park, and even though it’s not in the city limits, the Henry County Industrial Park on 55. I would like to see growth in there or new industry, something more than minimum wage jobs.

What type of action can people expect from you?

If they have any questions or need to talk to me, I’m open for them to contact me. If I don’t know the answer, I hope to be able to research and find out the answer.

How has Campbellsburg improved during your time with the council?

I haven’t been on the council that long. But I think that Campbellsburg Station or community center is progressing.

How would you like residents to address their concerns to the council?

If they have concerns, I’d like to see more residents come to the meetings. I think to speak, they have to be on the agenda, but I’d like to see more residents become more involved with our council meetings.

What does your vision of the future look like for Campbellsburg?

We’ve been talking about this for a long time, but eventually I’d like to see growth out near the interstate. That will include the industrial park, and the other side, which has recently been annexed into the city limits.

 

Earl Higgins

How long have you been on the council?

I think this is 8 years. I did six previously, was off a couple and came back.

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years?

For our city to become better, have a better quality of living. Things like walking trails, activities for senior citizens and youth, activities for everyone. I want it to be more health conscious. I would like to see us add some kind of educational program so we can increase our readiness for employment. I’d like (to) get better control of our ordinances that make them applicable and enforcible in the city.

What are the biggest difficulties Campbellsburg faces as a city?

I think it’s a lack of involvement from the community itself. I believe that’s the biggest issue, what involvement that we do have is limited to a very small group of people who are only concerned about their particular issues, as opposed to the whole community that does not seem to have any concern about the future.

What type of action can people expect from you?

I’m there to listen, they would be able to call me, to write to me, voice their concerns. I’m willing to sit down and listen to people with their ideas to see if there’s something that will work for our city, and for them as well.

How has Campbellsburg improved during your time with the council?

I think the sewer system has changed, that’s better. The water system has gotten better. Security I believe is much better than it was. There’s activity on putting in programs that would help the youth and senior citizens, with the building of the community center. Sidewalks have been taken care of, there is a concern that new sidewalks be put in. I think I see more progress probably in the last 2 years more than I’ve seen out of the whole time that I’ve been there.

How would you like residents to address their concerns to the council?

One, they should attend the meetings. If they have an issue, they should come and bring it to the attention of the mayor and the council. They can talk with the council members prior to the meetings. Most important thing they can do is get involved with city government and see how it works, as opposed to rumors. Then they come with a negative view of what’s going on… that more than likely will help them. I think their first response should be to contact city hall and talk with the mayor and city council members.

What does your vision of the future look like for Campbellsburg?

My vision of Campbellsburg is would be not necessarily a bedroom community, but a community where people would want to bring and raise their families for a better quality of life. Communication, education, health, caring for our senior citizens. I’m really big on education, I think we should really work hard and try to get our people to educate themselves and prepare for the high tech jobs. Their futures would be brighter.

I think another issue that’s looming is our drug problem. We’re in an area where prescription drugs seem to move through our community from the interstate. So, I guess we attracted the wrong type of industry at this point.

I would like to see a community that’s free from drugs, but a place that you can come and raise your children and be treated respectfully, and get the education they need and have a bright future.

I would like to see some type of communication with the residents of Campbellsburg, whether it’s city hall or the council members or something. There needs to be something to education the community and working towards get them involved.

 

Eminence

LeeAnn Armstrong

 

How long have you been on the council?

Two terms (4 years).

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years?

To continue to have the opportunity to bring proven businesses to our community that will strengthen and provide jobs for our residents.

What are the biggest difficulties Eminence faces as a city?

We need to prepare for the future in order to be able to address the challenges that we will face in maintaining a stable economy, affordable housing, and employment opportunities.

What type of action can people expect from you?

Patience, strength, leadership and courage to accomplish jobs that are necessary to see that our city stays solvent and expand.

How has Eminence improved during your time with the council?

An ordinance for the sale of alcohol was amended so that the existing businesses who sell alcohol would be required to attend a STAR training program. We have and will continue to improve on beautification of our town such as the sidewalk improvement.

How would you like residents to address their concerns to the council?

Contact us, through phone calls, email, Facebook. Our council meetings are the second Monday in every month held at 6:15 pm. Under new business we have an “open citizen comments.” My phone number is (502) 758-1463

What does your vision of the future look like for Eminence?

To continue to have that Hometown atmosphere, while having productive, viable businesses that provide stability to our economic growth.

 

Shawn Bright

Why do you want to serve on the council?

I think it simply comes down, in my mind and heart... if there are new people who come on, with my four years’ experience, already knowing the budget and the financing, and the issues that are important as far as keeping the budget rolling, I already know those. I believe that is what the city council is supposed to do.

With the four years I was on before, I did work hard on some extra things. I feel like I could do some extra things, because I work here in Eminence... I feel like I could contribute to some of the extras, like festivals or things like that.

I think everybody’s doing a good job. And I think Drane’s doing a good job. I feel like the relationship I’ve had with Drane, I think we could continue to work together.

I did put a little extra effort into it (like picking up trash). If somebody in the city has a problem, sometimes they’re uncomfortable with picking the phone up and calling. I think I’m approachable.

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years? 

I don’t think the country is secure on are we going to come out of this recession. I think the next couple of years are important.

My main goal would be to make sure the budget stays balanced and maintain our full protection with our fire department and police department.

I think the main thing is to continue to balance the budget over the next couple of years.

What are the biggest difficulties Eminence faces as a city?

Just transparency, I think as far as letting people know what the city can do for you, and what you can do for your city. I think a lot of people sometimes lean on the city to do something, to provide something. And I think sometimes the city doesn’t look at the areas  that maybe they could look at to bring people together.

Most of the people, when they think of city hall, they think of their water bill. They don’t think of city hall being a central location, where if they have an idea of a taxi cab service where they can talk to the mayor or council members.

I think if everybody is kind of working together and feeling that the city government is part of the city. I feel like some people when they think of city hall, they think of it as “that’s where I pay my water bill.” They don’t think of it as ideas, or that if everybody came come together, that things can be a little bit better.

What type of action can people expect from you?

Working and living in Eminence, for me, is the action that I would do. Like I did before on the four years I was on the council than before. I’m going to do more than expected, more than what the job calls for.

I think bringing businesspeople together and discussing ideas. Wouldn’t it be neat right now if Cook’s and Brownings and everybody were coming together and talk about what if CVS comes.

How has Eminence improved during your time with the council?

The improvement that I see is that there’s not the controversy; it seems like it’s come back to how it was in the past. There were some years there, two or three years with the swimming pool issue, there were a lot of people that were against each other.

I really feel like the drama, the controversy has died down.

I feel like the economy getting back on an even keel has given Eminence a better future. I feel like some of the harsh issues were over when we did the park.

It feels like everybody’s working together better than they were in the past.

How would you like people to address their concerns to the
council? 

I believe the way you get residents to voice their concerns is to elect people like me — (people) that they’re going to feel comfortable talking to, that they know they can approach me at any time.

And I’m going to approach any situation with common sense. In the past I’ve always worked well with others. I believe that’s the key.

I believe electing officials that work in Eminence, that are visible in Eminence is important. I believe that’s the way people are going to voice their opnion.

In the past, I wrote letters to the editor to let people know what’s going on. Every three months I would write about what’s going on. Not everybody goes to the website to see what’s going on.

What does your vision of the future look like for Eminence?

I believe the future of the city, a big part of it lies on continuing to support the schools. With my son in the second grade, I’ve learned a lot about how they work and support our kids. Kids are our future. Anything that the city can do, whether it be small functions or festivals, if we could help with the school would be key.

As far as a city leader goes, the future is to maintain a reasonable balanced budget. A lot of people don’t realize what the city’s budget looks like. Our budget is $600,000 per year for the police department, $120,000 per year for fire department.

Those two things, I believe are the two most important things for the future, to be able to fund those. I’ve heard a lot of people say the police department should not have six officers, I totally disagree.

I would love to work toward, to look into, continuing to upgrade our fire department, and maybe even try to go to a couple of part time guys. Our fire department is crucial. And you don’t realize it until you really need those guys.

I would love to be able to see in the future a new fire station. I know some cities are putting back $20,000 per year in a rainy day fund, and the city does not do that for the fire department. They allot them $120,000, and what they don’t spend, they give back. Trying to find a day for a rainy day fund.

Treva Browning

How long have you been on the council?

I served two years. Lost to a tie on coin flip and served for the last two.

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years?

Get more businesses in Eminence. Be a voice for the citizens for what they want voiced.

What are the biggest difficulties Eminence faces as a city?

The challenge to keep residents open minded. Trying to keep taxes down since everyone is struggling.

What type of action can people expect from you?

Give my vote to their best interest.

How has Eminence improved during your time with the council?

A lot more interests in the city from businesses wanting to come here. More activities for citizens and people in the county to do here.

How would you like residents to address their concerns to the council?

Call city hall, call the individual council members and come to the meetings.

What does your vision of the future look like for Eminence?

Hopefully growth would be number one. Get the empty spots in the buildings filled in with more opportunities for jobs.

 

Jeremiah Clark

Why do you want to serve on the council?

To bring a younger generations point of view in there. I’m not saying that who’s there now is not doing what they say they’re going to do.

I have three kids of my own that are growing up in this city, I’d like to see them have some stuff to do.

I’ve lived here since I was 6. I’ve owned an operated a small biz here, and I think that’s a benefit to me — being able to look at a budget, still be profitable and know where to spend and not to spend, and know how to spend that successfully.Biggest thing is a younger generation’s point of view.

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years? 

I see Eminence as growing a little bit at a time, to help maintain that, benefit that and see what I can do to help that continue to grow. Bring more businesses. Give my kids a job when they get out of school, for things to stay here locally.

What are the biggest difficulties Eminence faces as a city?

It’s tough being a small city. And to maintain your big corporations and businesses too, it’s hard to offer a whole lot as a city for a corporation to come into our city. I don’t see it to be impossible, but it would be tough to overcome as a small city.

What type of action can people expect from you?

Dedication. I’m a huge people person, I love to sit and listen to people. Mom always said I should’ve been a teacher because I love to listen to people’s point of view, and then give my point of view, and then bring everything together as a happy medium, and we all accomplish what we want in some sort.

How has Eminence improved the last two years?

Obviously, growth of business. As we all know, there’s a lot of talk about a CVS, possibly a McDonald’s coming. We see that 5-Star has invested in a multi-million building. Obviously the businesses are here, we’ve just got to keep and contain them.

How would you like people to address their concerns to the council? 

I love a one-on-one point of view. Obviously, come to the meetings, attend them, voice your opinion there, that way you can broadcast it amongst all, plus the mayor, and any citizens that may share the concern. I love a one-on-one, if you see something in my neighborhood, or your neighborhood, tell me what you think I like being that person that represents people… When I first started running three years ago, I didn’t even know city council was a paying position. I just wanted to do it for my own reasoning, and be someone that’s trustworthy on the council.

What does your vision of the future look like for Eminence?

First thing I would say would be to have everybody on an even playing field all the way from kids to retired people for the city. Keep jobs for our kids, and activities for our older folks. Also, I hate talking about taxes, but to maintain a level playing field of taxes, according to our growth and how fast we’re going and what we really need. And to keep seeing the big businesses come here. That’s a huge goal, not just for people that here, but also for the kids. We see so many of our highly educated kids, we have a good school system, and they run to Shelby County or elsewhere because we don’t have good jobs around here.

 

Leo Mason

How long have you been on the council?

4 years

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years?

Well, there’s a lot of projects that we’ve still got pending, grants and stuff we’re trying to lock in. Just anything to help develop the cmty.

What are the biggest difficulties Eminence faces as a city?

You know, the biggest difficultiy, to me, it’s location. We’ve tried and tried for business and business, but it’s hard getting good businesses in this area… ready for a lot of people. Still digging and trying to get what we can in here.

What type of action can people expect from you?

I’m always open to suggestions, to whatever people, whatever problem people have. I’ve always said if people have any questions, anything they want ot know, come by the house. I’m elected by the people, hope to be open to the people.

How has Eminence improved during your time with the council?

Well, things have been slow, but things don’t happen overnight. I think it’s improved in a lot of areas. I think one of our biggest achievements is the park.

Better patricitpation in things like Eminence day. Things are looking up, it’s slow for the town this size, it’s small progress, but it’s progress. We’re striving.

How would you like residents to address their concerns to the council?

I would like to see them be more hands on, come to a council meeting, let their voice be heard. You know, don’t be afraid to call each council member with their concerns, that’s what we’re elected for, don’t let someone else do the talking for you, do it yourself. I think be more visible at the meetings, and whatever way they want to express themselves.

What does your vision of the future look like for Eminence?

My thing is… it looks pretty bright. I’m really pleased with the direction that Drane has taken us in. His vision is to see the city grow, and for us to help it grow. The only way we’re going to do anything, and the only way we’re going to progress is to keep fighting and keeping asking. That’s the only way we’re going to get better.

 

Tom Shroyer

 How long have you been on the council?

First term this time around, but I was on a term and a half in the 80s, during the Whitt Ricketts term as mayor, served one 2 year term, and then 1.5 years, moved to Pewee Valley, didn’t serve that last 6 months. The I served 13 years as mayor.

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years?

Well, of course, it’s our responsibility as councile to a couple of main things. One is establish ordinances and amendments. Most important thing is the budget, and to set it for the mayor to follow and amend as needed. We have a couple of projects. One is the sewer project. We have to make that adjustment to meet regulations. Bill Smith tells us this is something new the Division of Water approved for us to do.

And we’re trying to get enough grant money so we don’t have to borrow money.

When you borrow money, they start setting what rates you have to set.

We’re also working on a grant up at the park to have a splash pad for the kids. Hopefully we’re going to get that, and that would be a project for this next year.

Something that I’ve talked to the mayor abourt, and he’s agreed to take a look at… look into the possibilility of a preservation ordinance for the buildings we have that go back to the 1800s. So, he’s agreed to look at something. That’s something I’d like to see us do. And I think the council would be at least agreeable to looking at.

What are the biggest difficulties Eminence faces as a city?

I think it’s maintaining a budget that’s workable.

Each time we have a budget, we always set it high in case something comes along that’s an emergency, but we never spend everything that we budget. And the mayor is always aware that those items are only set at that level in case of emergency. Sets up a surplus that goes back in. That’s the biggest responsibility of the ocuncil. We didn’t raise the prop tax, the council and mayor didn’t take any kind of a raise. So, we’re wanting to maintain a strong budget, when some cities are struggling. Down the line, we’re facing the same things the other cities are – the funding of retirement accounts and health insurance and those kinds of things, we’ve got to keep tha tin mind when we decide to spend money.

What type of action can people expect from you?

They can expect that I’ll continue to keep what’s best for the city in mind. We’re not always going to be in agreement as to what’s best. Everybody has different things that they think are important. I think that’s the biggest thing is to be fair. Sometimes, it’s not nec unfair the things we need to do, but they may appear that, sometimes you don’t have a lot of choice. You’ve got to keep in mind the whole cmty, and have smthing for everybody, and not spend all your dollars to take care of one segment of the cmty.

How has Eminence improved during your time with the council?

It hasn’t been a whole lot of different thigns these two years, but when I look back over the years starting in 1990, when we were faced with having to put in the sewer project, we expanded the sewer services to a number of citizens who didn’t have access, but had failing septic systems.

We got to all but 20-25 residents. It wasn’t economically feasible. Then we looked at idifferent things for dif segments of the community. We got grants and put in the rail road area and put in the walking trail, got a grant and built the cmty center, and now in the hands of the school it’s an asset to the school and the cmty.

And we did the downtown Reanissance, where we got the sidewalks and light and landscaping in. I’d like to see us get back to that, and the mayor has talked about storefronts, and grants to get people to take care of the storefronts. I would love to see something along that line to come along where that project could be completed.

How would you like residents to address their concerns to the council?

I’d like to see them call and get on the agneda, come to a council meeting. I’d like to see them come and see how their community works. We have a few people do that from time to time. There’s only so much that you can do, that you put out, that the paper puts out, and so much that we can put out on the community website. All of a sudden an issue comes up, we’re about to take action, and suddenly people become aware of it. I don’t know how we reach people… I’d love to see us not have enough room at the city council meetings.

What does your vision of the future look like for Eminence?

 We’ve got to have development. We’ve got to progress forward. You can’t sit still, because it doesn’t sit still. So we have to have development, and we have to look for those opportunities, and we have to be on the forefront of knowing when those ops arise.

CVS: This is a very unfortunate thing in my opinion. I go back, as you know, I came in 1973. Someone came to me and asked me if I’d run for mayor. When I was in business, they were customers of mine, George is still a customer of the agency. And yet, it’s a little difficult to accept the fact that somebody can own a piece of property and as long as it’s zoned for what somebody wants to do with it. And that’s the dilemma we have. I can only hope that things work out for them (Cooks’).

In 1992, Rite Aid looked at coming here. And one of the local citizens asked if we would be in favor of making a zone change, if Rite Aid was interested in coming. At that point we told them yeah, we’d be interested in coming, but it didn’t work out.

I can remember when my partner Chuck Kaizer came to me in the 80s and said Tom you’re going to have competition. What can you do, it’s competition and it comes. It’s an unfortunate situation, but it’s something that we all have to deal with and hope for the best.

 

Danny Meadows

 

How long have you been on the council?

Just completed my 6 years, so three years.

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years?

I’d like to see some more businesses come to town, not necessarily some retail, but I’d like to see us gain some type of manufacturing, where we can put people to work. I know they work in retail, but in industry, we’ve got the space.

What are the biggest difficulties Eminence faces as a city?

Right now? I think the biggest difficulties right now is trying to maintain a balanced budget. It’s hard, like this last year, our budget, we were able to come in under budget, coming into this next fiscal year. By doing that we all tightened our belts. What we need instead of what’s wanted. I think we need to keep doing this… we didn’t raise taxes this year, took somethings out of the budget and able to keep things the way it was.

What type of action can people expect from you?

Be their voice. Mainly to be their voice, any time they need anything, I’m always willing and available. I will return all towns.

How has Eminence improved during your time with the council?

There’s a number of things we’ve improved on. Every dept has a balanced budget; the fire department, especially. We’re the biggest city in the county, and the fire department has come in… when I took it over six years ago, there really wasn’t an audit that we passed, now we pass every audit. Better record keeping process.

I think one of the biggest thing was bringing involvement back to the community as far as activities. Coach D park is a tremendous asset not only to Eminence, but the county.

How would you like residents to address their concerns to the council?

If they don’t feel like they feel comfortable to the meeting… Stephens has an open policy…. If they don’t feel comfortable in doing that, I feel like they should be able to call myself and any other elected official to speak on their behalf.

What does your vision of the future look like for Eminence?

Growth. I honestly believe that we’re going to have a lot of growth in the next 10 years. Basically Eminence is known as a bedroom community now because of our vicinity… tax rates lower than in both of those counties. Now I’d like to see us grow with the new development that’s in the process maybe. If you look where this entities always gone to, there’s growth that comes up around it.

I’ve been on three different councils and they’ve all been good. This council we’ve got diversity, we’ve got elderly, middle age, people to work together. As far as Tom being a past mayor, and councilman, he’s brought a lot of things to the council.

Jon Park

Why do you want to serve on the council?

After a discussion with a friend who asked me to consider running, I prayed about it, talked to my wife, Tracey, and sought the council of friends in politics.  I am guided by our civic duty, and my desire to serve our community.  One of my gifts, is a servant’s heart, I believe I can help make a difference.

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years? 

I will be a good steward of the tax payer’s money.   I will work for responsible city government, in this difficult economic climate.  With my conservative values, I hope to hold the line on our taxes.  We cannot afford to raise property taxes any more.  Economic Development is the key.  We need to attract businesses to Eminence, to ease the burden on the citizens of Eminence.  Henry County has been working with other counties on the regional level. We need to actively work with the Regional Economic Development Committee to attract businesses to Eminence.

What are the biggest difficulties Eminence faces as a city?

We are looking at some difficult decisions over the next few years.  With a growing population (Eminence grew 12 percent in the past 10 years), and much needed infrastructure updates, such as the sewer system.  To top it off, Eminence is facing a $3 million shortfall next year, due to foreclosures, vacant homes, and businesses that closed.  At the same time, property taxes are too high.  I have a friend who considered purchasing the home across from Five Star that has been empty for years.  He passed because the taxes are too high. 

What type of action can people expect from you?

If I am given the opportunity to serve as your councilman; I will build upon the positive steps made in recent years by the city council to continue to make Eminence a better place to live.  Those who have worked with me know that I will work with the Mayor, and fellow council members.   That is why I have the endorsement of Magistrates, Scott Bates, and Roger Hartlage, Courtney T. Baxter, former Rep. Geoff Davis, Thomas Massie, State Senator Ernie Harris. 

How would you like people to address their concerns to the council? 

I believe that the City Council should host Town Hall Meetings from time to time to hear from the citizens of Eminence to hear their concerns and ideas.  I believe community involvement is instrumental for the success of City Council.  Better to have communication as a community, than to read about someone’s frustration in a letter to the editor. 

What does your vision of the future look like for Eminence?

I see Eminence being the thriving town that I have heard people talk about in years gone by, not the main street of boarded up buildings.  I see a town where it is difficult to find an empty house.  We may not be a La Grange, or Shelbyville, but Eminence has potential to be home to a Brunswick, or Shopper’s Mart… and to bring back a Chinese restaurant, I miss picking up dinner at Hong Kong.

 

New Castle

Linda Golden

How long have you been on the council?

It is my third term.

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years?

We are hoping to get more businesses in town. That is my goal. We are striving to get more businesses now. It will bring more revenue in and build the city.

What are the biggest difficulties New Castle faces as a city?

Getting people to participate in functions. Local people. I would like to see more of that happen.

What type of action can people expect from you?

If they will get in touch with me I will represent them at the meeting. As a city resident, they can get in touch with me if they have concerns. City residents can call me on my cell phone.

How has New Castle improved during your time with the council?

I think we as a commission work together better than they have in the past. We try to take care of the residents when they have problem. We have our citation officer in place and it will clean up the city quite a bit.

How would you like residents to address their concerns to the council?

It would have more impact if they come to the meetings. If they voice their concerns for the whole commission to hear it will be more effective.

What does your vision of the future look like for New Castle?

I really feel like it is going to start growing in the next 2 to 5 years for sure.

The Economic restructuring and getting business in here will help it grow.

Harry Mitchell

Why do you want to serve on the council?

I have done it before in the 70s. They just need someone to do it. It’s not a very sought after job.

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years? 

I hope to get a little business in town since the economic condition in New Castle has deteriorated.

What are the biggest difficulties New Castle faces as a city?

I believe some of the buildings that have been redone need businesses in them. I think we need a grocery store of some type.

What type of action can people expect from you?

I’m not a rebel rouser I need time to see what the story is on the board.

How would you like people to address their concerns to the council? 

I think in person would be the best way. I was on the board when we started the sewer system. If people had more concerns and came to the board they would be better informed.

What does your vision of the future look like for New Castle?

A little more business so people so people wouldn’t have to drive15 minutes to buy a bottle of milk.

Pleasureville

Pam Bramblett

How long have you been on the council?

Six or eight years.

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years?

I would like to see just things done, what’s the best for the city. Whatever is better for the city, and the city as a whole, and not just a select few people, but the community as a whole. And I think without saying, my stance is still the same, I stand for what I feel like is right, even if I have to stand alone. There’s a difference between right or wrong, no matter what it is.

What are the biggest difficulties Pleasureville faces as a city?

For one thing, our budget. We don’t have much money. Our budget is definitely a huge challenge, as it is for everybnody in this economic problem that we’re in right now. If we could get some industry into our little town, I think that would help. So many people would love to see Pleasureville get some stores or industry back. A grocery store or something to just keep it from dying. That would be great if we could accomplish that.

And we need to preserve the buildings, because they’re just falling down around us. To me, that’s a big challenge, because something is going to eventually have to be done. They’re just deteriorating. Most of the land owners... you don’t feel like the money’s there to invest into that if you’re not going to get anything out of it. So, if, I don’t know if there are grants out there that we could maybe get to help us do that, I think maybe there are.

What type of action can people expect from you?

I think I’ve shown my actions in the terms past, that I’ll do what I say I’ll do. If I tell you something I will do it. I’m not going to tell you something today, and next month act like I didn’t say it.

To the best of my ability I will do my best to do what I say I will do. I think I have proven that.

I don’t back down because I’m the only one standing there. I definitely have stood alone. No matter what it is, in any situation, I feel like there’s right and there’s wrong.

We have a good little town here. I’ve lived here all my life. I remember back when it was a booming little town, I would love to see that again.

How has Pleasureville improved during your time with the council?

I think that this contract with the sheriff’s department has been a great improvement. We’ve seen improvement there, I look forward to seeing that continue, because things are a lot better in that respect. As far as the juveniles, and the problems we were having with that, that’s one thing. And we have some young people that seem to be more interested now, I think that’s a great thing. We definitely need young people, younger people.

How would you like residents to address their concerns to the council?

I would love for the residents to feel like they have a say on what happens in the town. I would love for them to feel like they can come to a meeting and address that meeting for whatever their concern would be. So many people will not take the initiative to do that, because they say it doesn’t matter anyway.

That’s a negative way to think, but that’s the way probably 90 percent of our people think. If people would just show an interest and come out, it will make a difference. One or two council people cannot make a difference.

I think anybody that’s on the council, I feel like they would stand up forthat, but you’ve got to know what that interest is, and they’ve got to be willing to express that.

What does your vision of the future look like for Pleasureville?

A lot of people have told me before, it’ll never be Mayberry.

Yes, I probably would like for it to be Mayberry. I can remember when, as a little girl, we had three grocery stores in this town. We don’t have any place to go buy milk and bread other than the gas station.

It would be great, like I said before, if you have a grocery store, anything, any kind of a store, whatever, just to see something going on in the town that would be positive.

Any kind of businesses, and I think, as a town council and city commissioners, we need to try to promote that business, all business.

Shawn Mertz

How long have you been on the council?

One term, running for my second.

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years?

More economical development and keeping good law enforcement presence in the city.

What are the biggest difficulties Pleasureville faces as a city?

Animal control, free roaming dogs. New businesses is a huge problem. We are not growing at all, we have stalled. Youth don’t have anything to do.

What type of action can people expect from you?

Get new businesses in town to expand city. Try to keep the contract with Henry Co. Sheriff’s Department and work with Dan with animal control in Pleasureviille.

How has Pleasureville improved during your time with the council?

We are forwarding the concrete sidewalk project as far as the Henry County side. The Sheriff’s Dept. contract for 60 hours a month. We put in a new playground by the Fire Department for children to play on with new basketball goals. Established snow removal program.

How would you like residents to address their concerns to the council?

Come to the meetings every first Monday of the month. I am glad to hear their concerns that way we can fix the problem.

What does your vision of the future look like for Pleasureville?

I want to expand the city of Pleasureville in residential, busineeses and even industrial so we can move forward with the growth of the city.

Vic Harrod

Why do you want to serve on the  council?

There’s one or two on there that I think don’t need to be on there.

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years? 

We definitely want to get the sidewalks. Get the sidewalks finished and started. And we’ve got to do something about the noise. Had two or three complain about the noise, dogs running wild at night, and just listen to the people’s complaints and try to help them.

What are the biggest difficulties Pleasureville faces as a city?

I suppose it’s money, really. We don’t have enough money to do a whole lot. We’ve got a clerk, way underpaid, and she’s doing three jobs, and she’s underpaid something terrible.

What type of action can people expect from you?

I’ll listen to anybody and do whatever is right with them. Listen to the complaints and try to help them.

How has Pleasureville improved during your time with the council?

Well, I go through Pleasureville about three times a day. I just look at neighbor’s yards, and they were a mess. And we’ve still got some that’s a mess. We’ve got to get somebody to enforce our ordinance. I think New Castle found somebody, but I don’t know if we’re going to be able to afford it or not.

How would you like people to address their concerns to the council? 

They need to start coming to the meetings, and we can always listen. I always listened to people’s complaints when I was on the board. I’m not too fond of this thing where you have to be on the agenda to talk, I’m not too fond of it.

I will say I think Rodney is doing a fine job. People don’t realize how much work he does, he does a lot of work for the city.

What does your vision of the future look like for Pleasureville?

 I’d like to see some stores open up and some businesses come to Pleasureville. We’ve got about three or four stores that are empty, we’ve only got about one or two businesses.

Dianne Perry

How long have you been on the council?

Second term.

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years?

Try to find some way to get local businesses and local residents together and collaborate on how to attract businesses to the area. I would like to clean up the city and get rid of some of the eyesores in town so we could attract business and families that would move here and stay here. Keep law enforcement in the area. We really need to get some things here like a grocery store so we don’t have to drive so far.

What are the biggest difficulties Pleasureville faces as a city?

It has become stagnated. It needs new life and businesses. We are so far out from some of the main cities people can drive to. We are not centrally located. We lack a code enforcement officer to enforce ordinances. As with any small community, the lack of funds and individuals to help grow the community. We have a lot of rental property so people are moving constantly. We need people who want to put roots down here.

What type of action can people expect from you?

I have a business background and I can keep cool in a stressful situation. Make sure people are safe in our community. I listen to what people have to say and I don’t like to make short decisions. I like to have a month and not make quick decisions that affect our residents.

How has Pleasureville improved during your time with the council?

Police protection with a contract with the Sheriff’s Department. We have taken care of the youth out at night problem. We have worked on the improvement of some local businesses and unattractive places in the city.

How would you like residents to address their concerns to the council?

I would love to see more people become involved in city business. I would like to see them actually present and participate in local government. It’s hard to make decisions when only one person shows up with their concerns. Even though it is a small community I would love to see more people involved.

What does your vision of the future look like for Pleasureville?

Unless we make some drastic changes we are going to see a decline of permanent residents in the area. Make it a safe place and obtain services without having to drive to another city. With the property valure going down, we are going to lose our tax base if we don’t fix things. 

R. L. Wilson

How long have you been on the council?

15 years

What do you want to accomplish in your city in the next two years?

Well, right now, get some more done on the sidewalks, and just do whatever I can to help the people of Pleasureville.

What are the biggest difficulties Pleasureville faces as a city?

I guess facing us as commissioners, it’s hard to keep things going as far as the sewer system and stuff like that. So, with something breaking down and having enough money to do the repairs without raising any rates..

What type of action can people expect from you?

Well, just do my job the best that I can and answer any questions that anybody has got for me to answer.

How has Pleasureville improved during your time with the council?

It’s hard to say. I think it’s a better place to live, and things that we have had done as commissioners. We have, you know, done some good things and then somethings that didn’t turn out as far as we would like them to.

How would you like residents to address their concerns to the council?

Well, just come to the meetings and get on the agenda, and present their questions or concerns that possibly we can take care of for them.

What does your vision of the future look like for Pleasureville?

I hope we keep going in a positive direction.