If elected, here are some of my goals and objectives
• First of all, and concerning healthcare, I am not a slick politician who will promise voters that “I intend to get City Council to force some health system to reopen St. Luke’s.” That’s what I won’t do - because I can’t. Maumee City Council just can’t pass an ordinance ordering the Cleveland Clinic or the University of Michigan to come into town and save the day.As a member of Council, however, I will be in a position to explore possible solutions that may get us closer to where we were at the start of 2023 - when we had a full service community hospital on Monclova Road.If I am elected to Council, I will be the only councilman with extensive experience in health care administration, and thus well suited to do what is needed keep Maumee (and our neighbors) from becoming an underserved healthcare community. • Second, and concerning Conant Street: I don't have a time machine (my grandson is working on one, but so far …). Seriously, my ideal solution would be to somehow magically restore Conant Street to the way it was just a couple of years ago. And although Conant Street is what it is and there’s no going back, what I can do is pay attention and sound the alarms next time the City comes up with some ambitious, grandiose, and expensive plan to fix something that isn’t broken.I think this project took everyone by surprise. I have not reviewed Council minutes from three or four years ago in an effort to determine if legally required notices were published, thus giving residents an opportunity to be heard; we have an excellent legal department here in Maumee, and I am 99.9% certain the notice requirements were issued by our lawmakers. But I think perhaps many of us, myself included, didn’t pay attention to the legal notices, and before we knew it, the project was underway and it was too late to turn back. There’s a lesson to be learned here - No matter who is seated on Council in January, all of us need to stay on top of what Maumee City Council is up to; so, if you see something you don’t like, you need to say something.• Third, and concerning the water bills: There is no question but that it was a shock for many residents when their water bills all of a sudden increased by nearly two-thirds. However, just as we can’t restore Conant Street to four lanes, neither can we do anything about the water bills. The fact is, we will have to spend $100 Million to rebuild our sewage system. Of course, had someone in the City administration noticed the problem two or three decades ago, I suppose we could have begun the repairs much sooner. The remediation would still have cost tens of millions of dollars; however had the repairs been made over ten or fifteen years, perhaps we might have seen gradual increases instead of a 64% jump from one billing cycle to the next.