• What role should citizens and neighborhoods have in deciding on the use of public properties and how do you think that should work, for example at the city’s Northwood Mall site or the county fairgrounds?
  •  What would your vision for that property be?
City Commission
Seat 1

Jack Porter

Citizens should be provided opportunities to provide feedback before decisions are made, like the Town Hall meeting I conducted when the Northwood property was purchased by the City. I tried to get discussions started regarding the existing police station property, but there was no support for this. We should balance the needs of neighborhoods that adjoin public property with what is best for the city as a whole. I made a motion that we agree to keep the Northwood property under public ownership, but that was defeated. We should retain our public property- once it’s gone it’s gone, and we won’t be able to get more.

Northwood is an opportunity to experiment and be creative with good planning. I liked ATN’s plan, and items such as including green space, affordable housing, the fine arts center, etc. Northwood is an opportunity to experiment and be creative with intelligent development based on citizen input. I was opposed to the trees being cut down, and the way it was done without even notifying the Commission. I feel there is a bait-and-switch going on from the city manager and mayor, things keep changing and we are not kept informed. There is no accountability. For example, the police station budget increased five-fold, and I am worried we will be told there is no funding left to do anything else and we need to sell the rest of the property, which we should not do. We need smart planning.

Louis Dilbert

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Rudy Ferguson, Sr.

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Seat 2

Dot Inman-Johnson

Citizens’ concerns and input should be respected and listened to. It is clear that currently our citizens concerns are ignored. Decisions are made from the top with little public input. By way of example, the City ignored the Park Terrace neighborhood’s desire to preserve the trees at the Northwood law enforcement complex site. They provided an alternative with expert consultation to back-up the proposal to move the stormwater facility 15’ in order to save the trees. Wayne Tedder met with the neighborhood by Zoom and pretended to care. He was asked several times whether he would talk to City management about the proposal and respond back to the neighborhood. He would not respond to the requests and the trees were removed quickly without notifying the commission or the neighbors. They did not care about the neighbors’ concerns. Blueprint meetings no longer have citizens providing feedback because it’s a waste of time and they know they are not be listened to.

Listen to neighborhoods and residents. The Law enforcement facility is wasting tax dollars by giving the developer large sums of money. Originally the project was going to $40M, then post Covid it became $60M. The Commission should have been properly briefed on the justification for the increase, and provided an opportunity to ask questions before this large change order benefiting the developer was approved. Then, the cost of the project escalated to $135M! Who is negotiating for the City? We need to change who is responsible for this. There were no questions asked of the city manager, no accountability for this top-down decision-making.

Donna Nyak

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Curtis Richardson

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Bernard Stevens, Jr.

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County Commission
Group 1 – At Large

Carolyn Cummings

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David T Hawkins

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District 4

Brian Welch

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Isaac Montilla

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