Archive for Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Edwardsville candidates to face off in public forum

February 19, 2003

The candidates running for Edwardsville City Council will face off in a public forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Edwardsville Community Center.

Below is a question-and-answer session with the six City Council candidates who are up for election in the Feb. 25 primary. The top two vote getters will advance to the general election in April.

Name: Bryan Alldaffer

Age: 38

Years lived in Edwardsville: three

Occupation: Production Supervisor for US Filter/Jet Tech in Edwardsville.

Family: I have been married for 15 years to my loving wife, Tyra.

Currently, do you think the city is being run well?

I think the financial side of the city is doing quite well. However, I do believe that there is room for improvement in the community relations. Many citizens have expressed concerns that their opinions are not heard or addressed by the city.

What are a couple of your major goals if elected?

I would like to see the North Fire Station equipped and at least staffed by volunteer personnel. I would like to see us expand our parks, and provide more family oriented recreational opportunities.

How would you accomplish your goals?

I would accomplish these by providing funding in the upcoming budget process.

What life experiences do you believe makes you the best candidate for the position? What would you bring to the City Council?

I would bring an open mind, a positive attitude, fresh ideas and I would be an excellent voice for the citizens who are not able to participate.

Name: John Broman

Years lived in Edwardsville: since 1997

What are a couple of your major goals if elected?

Push to get the sewer lines to the Riverview/110th area completed to capitalize on the growth around the Village West development. Add equipment and personnel to the 110th Street Fire Station. Fix stormwater run off problems and put in sidewalks in the old town and parkway areas. Put in some type of recreation center to benefit all residents. Continue to roll back taxes.

How do you plan to accomplish your goals?

The tax base we have from the Woodend area now will support most of the city's overhead. And with the completion of Mid Point and the development in the rest of the Woodend area along with the Riverview/110th area, even without any casinos, will pay for the projects. We still have several more homes being built in town, and more to come, to help the tax base.

What life experiences do you believe make you the best candidate for the position? In other words, what would you bring to the City Council?

I've worked in communication management since being discharged from Navy Submarine Force in 1968. I worked for New England Telephone before moving to California in 1974 and starting my own company in 1980. My company was bought by TIE Communications in 1985, a national base company, to open a new location from them in Denver. I then transferred to Kansas in 1997 to establish a national call center. My communication and management skills will help keep everyone on the same focus.

Name: Jennifer Burnett

Age: 28

Years lived in Edwardsville: Lifetime

Occupation: Office Manager for Edwardsville Village

Family: Married with three kids.

Why did you decide to run for election to the City Council?

So I can have a say in what happens in my Community.

Currently, do you think the city is being run well?

No comment.

What are a couple of your major goals if elected?

Public safety, man the north fire station, grocery store, city park: new equipment and maintenance program need to be in place to inspect the park. Utilize businesses in our community.

How do you plan to accomplish your goals?

Stay on top of things, don't let things procrastinate. Form voluntary boards so our community can work together to get goals accomplished.

What life experiences do you believe make you the best candidate for the position? In other words, what would you bring to the City Council?

Growing up here, I have seen this place grow and I know a lot of its history.

Working for a Manufactured Community I have experience in some law, codes, and it is basically like running a small city.

I have attended many city council meetings in the past three to four years so I'm up to date with things going on in our city.

Ed Gillette

Age: 43

Years lived in Edwardsville: 17 years--lifetime in Wyandotte County.

Occupation: Attorney

Family: Single

Currently, do you think the city is being run well? Please explain why.

Yes, but there is always room for improvement. It has been my objective while on the city council to improve services to the citizens of Edwardsville, lower taxes, and continue to keep the charm of our community intact with measured development. Communication with the community is an integrative part of any well-run city and this council has been sensitive to citizen concerns.

What are a couple of your major goals if elected?

Quality of life issues. First, a serious look at parks and recreation in our city to give it more of a community look and fact. Second, maintaining and improving the level of city services. Third, an emphasis on re-building our roads and fourth, sewers and sidewalks for the entire city.

How do you plan to accomplish your goals?

Build a park in the North quadrant of the city, build a municipal swimming facility next to the existing park in the south of town, then work to shape and fashion the riverfront for both parks and recreation. I would also work to replace equipment as needed by fire and police, utilize tax revenue to push for retail development to pay for sewers, sidewalks and require green space dedication by any developer/builder.

What life experiences do you believe make you the best candidate for the position? In other words, what would you bring to the City Council?

I have been on the city council for two and a half years. The last two I have been president of the council. I have not missed one meeting. Prior to the council, I was a member, vice-president and president of the Wyandotte County Parks and Recreation board, serving almost seven years. I recently was appointed by Governor Sebelius to her Transition Team to review state budgets involving public safety and devised a number of cost-saving ideas that are currently being implemented.

Name: Tim Kelly

Age: 39

Years lived in Edwardsville: 8

Occupation: Honeywell Intl. Program Manager

Family: Wife, two children (13 & 10)

Currently, do you think the city is being run well? Please explain why.

Yes. While in the past I have often felt that certain city leaders were ill equipped for the role as leaders, I feel the majority of the current governing body is very well suited to the business at hand. However, I do feel that the city needs to do a better job of communicating to the citizens what is going on behind closed doors. I feel a great deal of the citizens feel that decisions are being made without their knowledge and without their best interest at hand, thus breeding a lack of trust. I feel simple open communication can solve this misperception.

What are a couple of your major goals if elected?

Clean Up the City: With little funding and a lot of hard work we can dramatically change the perception of our city into one that is conducive and inviting to families and businesses alike.

Build City Parts: Utilize the riverfront that has been abandon for far too long.

Retail Development: Work with private and public sector to develop the downtown and K-32 corridors.

How do you plan to accomplish your goals?

Clean Up: Put some vigor into the current citywide cleanup and continue to lead by example. Enforce and educate no littering.

Parks: Mandate that future businesses and development allocate money and space for our park system.

Retail Development: Continue to work with the Retail Development Committee to enlist business to come to our city. I think the future cleanliness of the city will work to our advantage on this issue.

What life experiences do you believe make you the best candidate for the position? In other words, what would you bring to the City Council?

I am a "blue collar" guy who has found a way to be effective in the "white collar" world. I believe I understand what is important to the good, ethical, hard working people of Edwardsville and that I can convey these sentiments to other governing officials at various levels, thus having a positive impact on the city. My professional career affords me the opportunity to take part in many different facets of the business world from contract negotiations to achieving financial objectives, all of which have been beneficial during my time as a council member.

Name: Cyndi Marble

Age: 34

Years lived in Edwardsville : three years

Occupation: Self employed Hairstylist

Family: Happily married to Jim Marble for 5 yrs. With the marriage, I was blessed with a daughter age 11.

Currently, do you think the city is being run well? Please explain why.

The existing council has done well in keeping taxes down and promoting industrial growth.

What are a couple of your major goals if elected?

Growth with balance

Independence from Unified Government

Voice of the citizens

How do you plan to accomplish your goals?

I believe that the growth needs to continue, but the growth cannot out way the needs of the citizens. Industrial growth has been great, but it is time to promote community-based businesses such as, restaurants, grocery stores, and family recreation.

The City must continue to explore options to remain independent, such as our utilities and our school districts. We must stay competitive to keep our independence.

The City Council is the voice of the citizens. As a council member it would be my responsibility to speak to the citizens about issues that involve all of the community. I simply want what the citizens want, a safe and prosperous city where we can live and raise our children. I will be the member of the council that the citizens can come to, and trust that I will do my best to voice their concerns over issues.

What life experiences do you believe make you the best candidate for the position? In other words, what would you bring to the City Council?

I am a self-employed businesswoman, a wife, a mother, and a concerned citizen of Edwardsville.

Kent Docking, the seventh candidate, was unable to respond to the questionnaire before press time.

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