2017-04-27 / Front Page

Candidates Address the City’s Infrastructure

Continuing our coverage of important subjects over the past few weeks, the Leader asked another question of the six candidates running for City Council in the May 6 election. All six candidates submitted their answers, keeping them to a scant 50 words, which, given the nature of the question, was not easy for any of them. The question addressed last week concerned the Lexington Police Department and the candidates’ answers were thoughtful and showed the depth of their concern for the City of Lexington and the wellbeing of her community.

This week, the Leader proposed the following question to the candidates: Like many cities the size of Lexington, infrastructure is one of the most costly, and in-need-of-upkeep liabilities. Lexington’s roads, sewer system, water/sewer system, and electrical services are in constant flux. What priorities would you set, when it comes to maintaining these important services, and what would you do to garner support from fellow council members and city residents to implement your priorities?

Their answers, edited to fit the 50 word limitation, are as follows:

Frank Tillery, “Lexington’s infrastructure is taxed to its limits and in need of maintenance. We need to hold open meetings to get the feedback from our citizens on how we can go about repairing all of our systems.”

Chris Wornell, “If elected, my first priority would be to start fixing roads. Our roads are in pretty bad shape and I have heard several complaints from residents also. Next would be our water quality. I would make sure again that the budget was designated properly to start ironing out these issues.”

Garland Moffett, “Our city MUST be run like a business, by business-minded individuals. We cannot make decisions based on the good ole boy system. Because we cut a couple positions within LPD, we were able to pave roads for the first time in twenty years. We need to spend money wisely!”

Bobby Wesner, “I would start gathering information to find out why these services are in ‘constant flux’.

Lexington’s infrastructure needs support from citizens and council members working together, determining what best serves our needs. My priority would be to better the communication with the community of what priorities are set and why.”

Cindy Herklotz, “Infrastructure is the most costly item facing our city. I would ask taxpayers if they would be willing to pay another 1-3 cents added to their tax bills to get more money to maintain streets. I think the water and waste water grants we’ve received are slowing fixing our problems.”

Tim Brown, “In an effort to keep taxes reasonable, the City has patched up utility services for years. I feel council members should work together to pursue state grants as a means of funding. The City would benefit by upgrades on all utility services. City residents could benefit by attending Council meetings.”

We will again ask the candidates one more important question concerning the City, the answers to which will be published in next week’s issue. The intention is to encourage our readers to take an active role in the City politics and to encourage every eligible voter to go to the polls on election day.

Early voting is already underway, and will continue until next Tuesday, May 2. This week, you can vote early at City Hall from 8 until 5 each day, and from 8 to 8 on Monday, May 1, and again from 8 to 5 on Tuesday.

The general election will be held on Saturday, May 6, from 7 to 7 at the Lexington Elementary School.

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