Q: Do you think there should be an increase or decrease in the public’s role in government?
A: The more the public is involved in government, the better the government will be. An example would be the Greenways Committee I am on. We are developing long-term plans for walking and biking trails and paths to connect various parts of Glasgow with each other and possibly to Mammoth Cave. Many great ideas have come from the audience attending the public hearings we have held. The final plans will be better because of this public involvement. Letting Council Members know your ideas and opinions on issues or coming to the meetings and voicing them in person will help guide the future of Glasgow.
Q: Would you be in favor of reducing the number of council members? If so, would you favor a seven or nine-member council?
A: If so, would you favor a seven or nine member council? I would not be in favor of reducing the number of Council members. Most of the Council’s activities occur in committee meetings. I work full time and have to leave work to attend most of these meetings. While the Walberts have always been very gracious and allowed me to leave work and then return after the meetings are over, I believe if the number of Council members were to be reduced and the number of committees each remaining Council member is on be increased, then only retired people would be able to invest the time required to serve on the City Council. I would hate to see everyone with a full time job be eliminated from serving on the Council.
Q: Would you be in favor of splitting the city into districts from which each city council member would be elected?
A: No. Every Council Member represents every citizen of Glasgow. We all strive to achieve what is best for the entire City. Why would anyone want to give up the right to elect all twelve members of the Council and instead only elect one? If elected by district, each member would primarily serve the people of that district. Look at how the Barren County Fiscal Court meetings are and contrast them to the Glasgow City Council meetings. Look at how the Magistrates interact and then look at the Council members. How could anyone possibly think districts are better?