North Olmsted City Council candidates Duane Limpert, Sid King and Tim Smith were asked identical questions concerning the job for which they are running. Their responses are as follows:
1. Since the North Olmsted at large positions do not represent wards, how do you go about expressing your views about working on city issues and legislation? 2. How do you see your role when it comes to working with the rest of council? The administration and the public? 3. During the past several administrations, there have been criticisms of City Council for either being too contentious and argumentative with the mayor or too much of a rubber stamp for a mayor and administration. How do you see council’s role in dealing with mayors and their administrations, and how do you facilitate that as an at large representative? 4. What do you see as the major issues in the city of North Olmsted and how do you as a councilman at large go about dealing with them? 5. Are there any changes that you would like to see in the responsibilities and powers of the council members? If so, what are they and how do you enact them?
1. You learn from the residents in the wards what their concerns are, and they will differ by ward, then discuss the issues with all of council to come to a suitable conclusion.
2. I will have an “open door” policy for all residents. Their issues differ by ward, socio-economic status, race, cultural upbringing. This means every situation will be unique and I believe makes the position more exciting. When you listen to the Administration you will get a hint of what is important to them as well.
We all want to keep the city moving forward in these tough times but there is usually more than one way to get there in the end. What matters most is the safety and protection of the residents and providing the best services the taxpayers can afford.
3. Ultimately, when you have different opinions, you must express yours vigorously but with respect. Make your philosophical opinions known without contention and when a decision is made do your best to support it for all the residents.
4. North Olmsted is a great place to live and raise a family. Many of the citizens I have spoken with over the last few months have complained that we have higher taxes than Bay Village or Westlake but our services are inferior to those cities. Pinpointing where previous regimes have gone wrong is futile and counterproductive. What we must do is continue to cut costs, where possible, and keep the services we provide at a top notch level.
I have also had business owners tell me that North Olmsted is not a “business friendly” city. I believe we can change this and still have a city that residents will love.
Small business is the back bone of America and North Olmsted is no different. We are a retail driven city but many of those business will depend on the city to make prudent decisions for their businesses to thrive.
5. I would like to see the Council more involved in the Grant writing process and few resolutions passed in an “emergency.”
The Grant Writers are one of our best resources as they basically bring in free money for the city. Anything that needs to be done and where we can have a grant help pay for it is extremely valuable.
The city currently has a lot of bills passed under “emergency” situations. Often this seems unnecessary to me. There are occasionally situations where emergency bills must be passed but this should not be the norm.
How does one enact these kinds of changes? By talking about it over and over until those unwilling to change the status quo come around to your point of view. I am not saying that we necessarily have the wrong people but the following quote from Milton Friedman comes to mind with this question. “The way you solve things is by making it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing.”—Milton Friedman