By Jeff Gallatin
City Council President Nicole Dailey Jones made it official May 2 – she’s planning on being in city government f0r a while.
Jones formally announced her plans to seek re-election to the office she was appointed to earlier this year when former City Council President Duane Limpert resigned. Jones announced her plans at Arturo’s Restaurant before a packed house of family, friends and political supporters. There were supporters from around North Olmsted as well some Cuyahoga County government workers. Jones had served five years as the Ward 3 City Councilwoman in North Olmsted before resigning to take a position as Director of Communications for Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald when the new county government was formed. FitzGerald had required all his county directors and staff to give up any other government positions they held.
When she was appointed to replace Limpert, Jones said she intended to seek re-election and retain the seat. After the event, utilizing her experience in city and government government to better North Olmsted was one primary goal.
“Having served on City Council for over five years previously and having gained valuable experience assisting in the establishment of the new county government, I felt poised to be ready to come back to North Olmsted City Council to serve in the leadership position of president,” she said. “It is important that the City Council work together to continue to move North Olmsted in the right direction, and to work collaboratively with the administration, but also to be thoughtful and sovereign in our approach in creating the laws that govern our city. The council must ensure that the long-term goals of this city are being established and to be the public watchdog of the city’s budget.”
Jones said a main focus for the city must be economic development.
“Helping the private sector thrive in North Olmsted is something I am dedicated to,” she said. “We must continue to find new ways to bring revenue into the city and to continue to assist the administration in seeking out ways that the city can provide efficient services to the residents while saving taxpayers money. Reducing the amount of debt the city owes and moving toward paying for city infrastructure projects up front as opposed to borrowing huge amounts for these annual projects is another goal. Our infrastructure must be maintained in order to meet our residents’ and business’ needs.”
Jone said North Olmsted also must make sure its’ safety forces are strong and that our recreation and senior programs continue to work towards our residents’ needs, and that the city is constantly evaluating how we are communicating with all its residents about city issues to make North Olmsted the best place to live and work.