District 1 Commissioner
May 9, 2018
I was asked my position on Minor Modifications.
I am not in support of defining minor modifications as in doing so could change the purpose of a process. Stipulation letters in the past only included items that were to be done above and beyond what code required.
Code is unbiased. When you attempt to modify a process with definitions, what is defined is understood, but what remains undefined is subject to arbitrary and capricious decisions based on a single individual. As your District Commissioner, it is my duty and responsibility to treat each individual equal, and Code is the basis to which that starts.
April 29, 2018
I was asked if elected how I would make Cobb County Schools better?
The Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education serve two separate roles.
The Board of Commissioners is responsible for infrastructure (roads, sewer, water), collecting taxes and making legislative decisions for Cobb County. The Board of Education is responsible in providing public education and the basic principles underlying school board governance.
For 13 years I have been actively involved in encouraging the Board of Commissioners to follow their Codes, Policies and Procedures. This past year I proved mathematically that by using variances (reducing required setbacks from 45 feet to 25 feet as one example), increased the number of homes by approximately 28%. Decisions made as a result of rezoning applications has impact on the school system in terms of future planning. However, there is a delicate balance that needs to be achieved as the property owner has the right to develop their property.
As your Commissioner, I will follow Code. I will also work with the School Board and residents in a specific area to look at how we can obtain better traffic flow with minimal cost – reversible streets, signalized turn arrows where we have none, etc.
It is important that government at all levels work together.
Undeveloped land in Cobb County is difficult to find, which means redevelopment will be an issue in the near future. My background in accounting and experience in forecasting future trends, enables me to bring a new perspective to the Board of Commissioners and help improve our community as a whole.
None of us is smarter than all of us.
April 25, 2018
I was asked my position on Libraries:
As your District Commissioner, it is my duty to uphold the policies set forth and adopted by the Cobb County 2040 Comprehensive Plan.
Libraries are one of several areas covered under Community Facilities, which provide necessary services to the citizens of Cobb, as well as additional services that increase the quality of life in the County. Some people like to threaten these and play games to show a need to increase taxes. Cobb County needs to solves its spending problem and stop trying to convince everyone we have a revenue problem.
This is where my 25+ years as an accountant will make a difference.
March 22, 2018
The 2040 Comprehensive Plan was passed in November 2017 - the first paragraph states, "Cobb has thrived in recent decades....and most importantly, its people, have made Cobb County a desirable place to live, work and play."
The Kiwanis Club of Lost Mountain meets at our West Cobb Senior Center. They are devoted to serving children in our schools and community, fundraising for other charitable organizations and Meals on Wheels. The club has been at this location for 21 years.
So why are the walls at the West Cobb Senior Center now void of pictures and plaques honoring the Kiwanis Club of Lost Mountain? As of March 31, Flags, banners and other items used by the club have to be removed as well.
The answer: Storage is no longer permitted.
What is wrong with storing these items on premise? Is it a liability? Then why not sign a release waiver for these items?
If the Comprehensive plan is to assist in the decision making process - and the people are what has made this county great -
then why are we eliminating the history and accomplishments of the club members?
This is nonsense - the Board needs to support the seniors who support Cobb County.
* Assure all Public Safety needs are met
* Focus funding on state-mandated services
* No debt increase without referendum
* Deficit not an option
* Follow Cobb County Zoning Code
* Traffic Management
* Protect both adjacent property values and property owners rights
* Easy Public Access to all county documents
* Quarterly Town Hall Meetings
* Accessibility to and responsiveness from your Commissioner