Charles "Chuck" Bradley

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Question 1: 

Many communities around Georgetown offer curbside recycling services to residents, which prevents waste from ending up in costly landfills and can generate money for cities when they operate at scale. The Georgetown City Council has considered expanding recycling to include curbside recycling, but the idea stalled over concerns about up-front costs. What is your strategy to implement curbside recycling to the city of Georgetown?

The City of Georgetown is currently in the process of having a professional assessment done on our solid waste service. If recycling can be done cost effectively then it would absolutely make sense. If it costs us more  to collect than value of the material it doesn't make sense. Sure it may  make us feel good that we are doing something but spending more resources then its worth does not seem like good fiscal policy for the city. I would not be opposed to letting our citizens decide for themselves if they wish to pay extra for the service. I would be opposed to forcing those who do not wish to pay extra, to do so.

Question 2: 

Currently people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+) lack protection from discrimination in housing, employment, or public accommodation under state or federal law. Eight cities in Kentucky have passed their own expanded human rights ordinance, often to referred to as a Fairness Ordinance, to extend protections to LGBTQ+ individuals. Regionally this has included cities such as Frankfort, Lexington, and Midway. Do you support a fairness ordinance in Georgetown to protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination?

This is a matter that I believe is reserved for State and Federal legislation and is already provided, although with some limitations, by HUD. I do not think this is an issue at the city level.

Question 3: 

Which elements of the Georgetown-Scott County Comprehensive Plan are you most committed to? Why?

The comprehensive plan is currently in the process of its 5 year update. I support planning ahead for development to accommodate for increased traffic. We have several places in town that this did not happen and now have little solution to fix them. Most notably connector and oxford rd. I also am in support of planning for pedestrian traffic , sidewalks! The council has filed for state road grants to provide for sidewalks on west Main St. Serving on the City Traffic Committee has significantly increased the priority I believe these issues need to be addressed.I also support the industrial concentration on the north side. I would also like to see us focus more on making Georgetown whole. We have far to many pockets of non-city land inside the city. When opportunity arises we need to annex those areas so development can be focused inwardly.

Question 4: 

What steps will you take to encourage and ensure health, stability, and well-being for low income residents of Georgetown, especially when it comes to affordable housing?

Continue to make room for economic development. We have filed most of our industrial ready land and plan on expanding development of the industrial park. Then we can continue to attract new economic development which provide jobs to our citizens. One thing that helps provide for low income housing is low taxes. We enjoy the lowest city property tax rate of any other city in Kentucky, by half. That helps homeowners and landlords, thus renters, keep their costs low. While I do support more guidelines for developers, in other words more planning for future issues, like street widths, storm water, and sidewalks, along with truth in advertising for their developments and HOA's, I think we need to strive for less hurdles the developer has to jump in order to build affordable housing.

Question 5: 

Georgetown is one of the fastest growing cities in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and many residents have difficulty finding ways around town for needed services, including work, doctors visits, and more. Do you think it is time for the city to explore public transit opportunities to provide alternative means of transportation in and around the city, especially as we have seen other cities in central Kentucky do so in recent years?

Georgetown is not ready, not big enough, for public transit. We still predominantly rely on our vehicles to get around. Just this week I spent 2 1/2 hours with the Mayor and other city officials doing a walkabout in our downtown area. We were doing hands on or feet down, assessment of the downtown parking situation and what we can do to further improve it. I also see the need for infrastructure to accommodate pedestrian traffic. Some needs to be improved while some ares just need it to begin with. Like west Main St, or North Broadway to the schools. I can see in 5-10 years Georgetown being large enough to warrant some public transit, maybe a combined effort with the school system to ease their transportation costs and make it possible to provide for the city at the same time. 

I did write these responses off the cuff and I am not a great typist. The grammar police love me. Please overlook my errors.