Someone once said, "As business goes so goes the country". I
education goes so goes the region"
Without a sound education system we cannot maintain a good future
for our children. Someone may ask
"why pay for more education when I have no children in the School system." The
answer is simple. A good education system keeps the value of you
home up. We need a comprehensive School Program for all students from Kindergarten
to high school. We have to continue a drug prevention program. Our district
schools are not immune to the epidemic our entire society is facing as it relates
to drugs. We need effective ways to combat this problem. The city council has
to work with the schools during budget talks to ensure
our schools have adequatte funding . Education is one of my main
reasons for running for City Council.
on city council I debated the tax issue for The Berkshire Power
plant. I led the way for a defeat of the tax deal that had been
worked out for Berkshire Power. I initiated a fair tax structure
based on the value of investment in the project. "We must have
a tax base which can pay for our goods and services". As a business
for myself I understand
the difficulties of running a business but you cannot give away
your taxes. The council was able to restrict the tax structure
and we have been able to receive many millions more in tax revenue."
SENIORS : As the
citizenry of our district ages we must look to the future and
have the facilities in place to serve our senior population.
I am not only talking about just buildings, but the programs
that go along with them. I wish that our younger population would
take some time out of their day and visit the senior center and
observe the programs that are in place at this time. The
services we are providing for our seniors in our region with
the facilities we have at this point are some if the best in
the state of Massachusetts . The "Baby Boomers" retire at a higher
rate every year. The need for good insightful programs for seniors
will become even more of a concern in the coming years.
ROUTE 57 CONSTRUCTION: Construction
has been delayed, postponed and shelved for a variety of reasons
over the 20 years. I have had meetings with state Highway officials
and talked directly with the Governor about the lack of progress
as it relates to Rt. 57.
BUSINESSES/JOBS: In today's economy
and the competitive natural of business. We are compelled to maintain
and encourage the business and jobs in our region. We are completing
with other regions within the state, with other states and globally
for business and jobs.
The need for a solution to the result of our development is one of
our major concerns . We have relied upon septic tanks in Feeding
Hills. The septic tanks are failing and we do not have a viable solution
to the problem. We talk about sewers, which at this point seems like
the only answer but there is no way of funding it. The Council and
the Mayor are going to have to work together to find a solution to
this problem. Our water table is being contaminated and the state
and federal governments may step in and mandate a solution. Before
that day comes we must have found a solution on our own. This is
not just an Agawam problem it affects the entire region. Innovative
ways to pay for town problems is a must.
YOUTH PROGRAMS: Many of our towns have very
good parks and recreation department but in some towns much more
is needed for our youth. A dream of mine would be to see a youth
center built in Agawam. A program like this is not easy and would
not happen overnight or without a lot of committed volunteers and
paid staff. You have to start somewhere and to identify a youth center
as a goal would be a start.
TOWN SECURITY: Our Police
and Fire department are first rate and have been given the resources
they have needed to protect us, but we must make sure they maintain
the levels of proficiency they are at and continue our support for
new programs as necessary. The DARE program is a much needed program.
Federal funds are available for many projects and a regional overview
or needs assessment of our districts could be a good idea.
ZONING / LONG
As the urban sprawl increases, we have to keep our zoning bylaws
tight. As I have driven through the 3rd district from Agawam to Russell
I see new homes going up in every town. In most cases this is welcome
development but we must be certain the added development doesn't
impact our resources in a negative way.