My goal is to bring a unique, independent perspective to the council, representing all stakeholders in Troy: residents, firefighters, police, and city employees, regardless of political views or citizenship, including business owners and those who work in Troy but live elsewhere.
Troy has very little undeveloped land; we want to have developments that fit in with the nearby neighbors, ideally that they are happy with. We don’t want new five-story apartment buildings overlooking backyard swimming pools. We may need changes in zoning laws to remedy this.
The 20-acre development proposed at a recent council meeting had over 140 single family dwellings. It might meet the current zoning laws but cries out for changes to not put five hundred people on a postage stamp.
New housing developments could leave most of the backyards forested for the wildlife. The Fox Run senior citizens development in Novi left a lot of woods and wetlands for the residents to enjoy.
• We can encourage apartments and condos to have curbside recycling.
• Maintenance costs in city buildings could benefit from large rolls of toilet paper like many businesses already have.
• Automatic faucets too, where we don’t already have them.
Troy already has good fiscal discipline. I will propose a 1% inflation-adjusted budget cut each year for five years. Each department can look for creative ways to economize. We could use the savings for the firefighters incentive fund or a property tax cut.
We need to remember we are spending other people’s money!
Keep Troy family friendly. Let other towns have marijuana dispensaries!
Treat government like a business,
Partner with schools, and promote
Energy efficiency and recycling.
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I pledge to work harmoniously with the other council members and mayor. Different ideas do not have to be divisive.
I look forward to serving on the council and ask for your support. I think I would bring it diversity of thought.