Q: Should committee minutes and actions be posted on the city’s website?
A: I do think it would be a great idea to have committee minutes and actions posted on the city’s website. I am in favor of transparency and feel that we, as citizens of Glasgow, have a right to know the business of the city and how it is being conducted. Having this information posted will create more knowledgeable citizens who can then be more active with feedback. This will sharpen the entire government system of Glasgow.
Q: Should city department heads be required to give in-person quarterly reports to a full council?
A: I think having department heads give in-person quarterly reports would be an ideal situation. This would allow the entire council to stay abreast with the changes, new programs and current functions of each department, making budgeting more tangible. These reports should be staggered and not all presented at the same meeting of the quarter. If the department head could not be present, the report should be presented by someone from the department who would be able to answer any questions rising from the report.
Q: In your opinion, what are the critical issues facing Glasgow over the next two years?
A: When someone needs a job and can’t find one, I feel that’s a critical issue. The government keeps telling us that the unemployment rate is down but I don’t think it’s as low as they say. While out campaigning in the community I’ve heard from far too many qualified citizens that they are without a job. Their unemployment benefits ran out a long time ago and they’re not counted on any “unemployment” list. Glasgow needs more jobs. Also, if city revenues don’t start increasing, the budget will soon be a critical issue.