Restoring the public's trust

Published: Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 3:40 p.m.
My fellow citizens, we have been having problems with our city government for many years. Among these problems are: 1. Inaction by our elected officials to protect us and our environment. One current issue of contention is protection of our water supply from contamination from the Koppers plant near the Murphree well. Our city's drinking water supply is in jeopardy and decades of inaction haved passed without mitigation.
Our mayor and commission have failed to take action and state that cost of clean-up is the reason why nothing is being done to protect us. We need clean drinking water in order to live and be healthy. Protection of our citizens' health and drinking water needs to be a priority above all others.
If elected by the people to the City Commission, I will advocate for the city to use its eminent domain powers to seize the Koppers plant property and to immediately mitigate the contamination that is putting our drinking water supply in jeopardy. I will not stop fighting until the job is done.
2. Our city lacks an environmental policy and a vision for growth. If elected, I will protect our air, water, and environment. I will work towards establishing an environmental policy for the city. I will not allow projects or programs to enter our community that will adversely affect our environment. This includes protecting our air from toxic waste incinerators, cement kiln incinerators, and coal burning electrical generating plants. I will encourage outsourcing for our future electrical energy supply needs. I am an advocate for conservation, solar and nuclear energy.
3. Our current commission gets things done by not notifying citizens correctly. If elected, I will make sure that citizens are notified properly on items that affect them. I will make sure that citizens get " good faith" notification, which includes an advertisement in the newspaper and a letter in the mail. This system will ensure citizen participation in their local government and due process. It is our right to be properly informed on items that affect us.
4. I will advocate for no new taxes and promote government fiscal responsibility. I will help create innovative recycling programs so that homeless and panhandlers can give back to our community by cleaning up the streets. I will endeavor to restore the public's trust by protecting the public's interests.
If you want strong leadership and solutions to current problems, vote for me, Richard Selwach, candidate for City Commission District 4, on March 6.
Richard Selwach is a candidate for City Commission, District 4.

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