Q: Do you think there should be an increase or decrease in the public’s role in government?
A: The public’s role in government is to first elect their representative. Voter numbers continue to decline with each election so the public should increase their role by first going to vote. If those they have elected aren’t doing their job, they should speak up and elect someone new at the next election opportunity. If the public has an opinion on a certain law, they should express that to their council representative or appear at the meetings and speak before the entire council. The city always needs citizens to serve on their boards and committees and there is also a need for volunteers for those departments or facilities that by law can use them.
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: Yes, seven.
Q: Would you be in favor of splitting the city into districts from which each city council member would be elected?
A: No. The city was divided into wards years ago and it didn’t offer the representation that the citizens now have with city-at-large.
Q: What is the role of a city council member in conducting city business?
A: A council member is responsible for adopting ordinances that govern the operations and finances of the city. The council passes ordinances that protect the welfare and safety of the community. Council members should understand the importance of all ordinances brought to them. Before passing these ordinances into law, they must know that the right decision has been made as it affects the everyday lives of all its citizens and shapes our city for years to come. Council members should each year pass a responsible budget which reflects revenues that meet the needed expenditures, while leaving a healthy carryover for the future. A council member is the voice of those by whom they were elected.