Bartlett citizens have told me recently what they feel are the significant issues in this election. They are very concerned about the future of Bartlett and the COVID19 pandemic has only compounded their concerns.
Based upon my conversations with Bartlett citizens: 1) they want more active local officials, 2) those who will listen with open minds and look for creative solutions and 3) elected officials that are more representative of the population.
My priorities will be a mixture of continuing to be active within the community and truly listening to the concerns of the Bartlett citizens. Like myself, many moved here, or stayed, for the stability and safety of the area. In addition, I want to see a measured growth of both residences and businesses.
This may sound simplistic, but I believe that the best way to stabilize a neighborhood is to keep it a place that people want to stay. Local government officials can help by keeping up the streets, enforcing building codes, listening to the owners’ ideas about their area and encouraging buyers to the area through marketing.
Bartlett was once mostly residential where they said you could not even buy a pair of socks. Our leaders in the late 70s/early 80s worked very hard to attract businesses which was followed by another housing boom. Today, it is paramount that residential and commercial complement each other for both to be successful.
Part of my platform is “eat, shop, play” in Bartlett. I have heard from many citizens that Bartlett needs to continue to add more businesses so that they do not have to leave and go into Memphis for any of their shopping and entertainment. We need an additional variety of stores and restaurants as well as entertainment venues and some live music. We have the diverse population and income to support these additional businesses.
I believe that the encroaching criminal element will be our biggest concern for a while, and if we do not keep it at bay, all of the other things that we need to sustain our growth will be hampered. Aldermen are primarily advisors to the Mayor, and as we face a new administration in 2022, we do not know if a new Mayor will be quite as police friendly as the current Mayor. Therefore, I would be an Alderman that wants to hold crime in check as it currently is and support the BPD in their efforts to do so.
We are facing some infrastructure issues. There is a known need for another wastewater treatment plant or other alternatives since it is pretty apparent that we will not be able to rely on Memphis as we have in the past. More research needs to be done on this since it’s holding up development. Also, our aging roads/bridges will need to be addressed and funded in the near future. For these additional expenditures, we will need creative solutions as well as working with all levels of government in order to not increase the tax burden on Bartlett citizens.
As Alderman, I will support the kind of initiatives that Bartlett has already begun doing, such as reducing the necessary bonds for developers and looking at new zoning. I have no issues with tax abatements and lowering development fees either, as long as they come with the ability for claw backs.
As an Alderman, the Bartlett citizens will be able to put their trust in me to be a very active and studied member on their behalf.
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