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City Council Candidate Questionnaire - Dave Squires

 

Wolfgang Kurtz | The Seward Phoenix LOG

Dave Squires, City Council candidate at Meet the Candidates night, Wednesday.

David Squires

Seward has miles and miles of water, sewer, roads and electrical infrastructure, much of which needs repair or replacement. How would you rank the need for attention in those areas and, if elected, what would you propose to address any or all of these issues?

I would rank roads as my number one priority, followed by sewer, water and then electric. The roads are used by everyone, residents and visitors alike. Visitors judge our community by how well we maintain our infrastructure, they do not see the water and sewer systems but do see our roads and sidewalks. Have you heard a visitor say “Your roads are really good” or “Your roads are worse than ours.” I have. How do you reply to that? The residents complain about potholes. The more potholes the more complaints. I would like to see something done within a year’s time. We seem to study, review and drag out projects until the season isn’t right to do it or they are too expensive to do. Phasing some projects should be done so all questions and requirements have been met and the project is ready to go when funds and resources are available. Coordinating road projects with state or borough projects should be done.

What should the city do to meet the needs of the citizens?

I think the City, with the services it provides, is meeting the needs of the citizens. Government should do what we can not do as individuals. I would not like a multi-family complex next to my residence. As an individual, I could not stop it but with zoning ordinances the entire neighborhood weighs in on what what can be in that zone. Most of the needs of the citizens revolve around having good paying year around employment and affordable housing. Neither is controlled by the City government. Can the policies and ordinances of the City have an affect on jobs and housing? Yes, they can. This is where the citizens need to be involved in their local government. With involvement of businesses, private entities and the public all concerns and needs can be heard and examined.

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