Edd Easton-Hogg

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Question 1: 

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

Housing and job shortages amidst population increase. 

Shortages in services/amenities for older adults.

Substance use disorders on the rise among youth and young adults, including associated crime activity. 

Religious/political division.

Fairness .

Freedom of speech issues. 

Bypass development delays and traffic flow problems.

Administration and City Council collaboration difficulties.

Limited youth opportunities.

Tourism tax and use of this revenue.

Threatened agricultural areas amidst expanding development.

Question 2: 

What is your position on future growth and development issues as they affect Berea; including further development of historical districts, tourism, and sustainable “buy local” initiatives?

I support preservation of landmark buildings and up-cycle of current structures for expanding business/residential needs.  I support building regulations that require building aesthetics  to match area buildings.  Diversify tourism beyond crafts. Promote and offer incentives for sustainable local business.

Question 3: 

Are you in favor of the development of pedestrian and bicycle pathways as safe and practical options to motorized transportation in Berea? If so, what projects of this kind would be your priority?

I would support adding road lines,road reflectors, and signs designating non-motorized space on major roads in Berea.  The city can also install more bike racks and water fountains.  There are also many main roads lacking sidewalks, making foot travel very dangerous.

Question 4: 

State and federal laws do not exist that ban discrimination against people in areas of housing, employment and public accommodation based on perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. Knowing that, would you be in favor of passing a fairness ordinance in Berea that would address this type of discrimination? Please explain.

I support legislation that bans discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  I am committed to working with fellow council members and the community to making progress in this area.

Question 5: 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in the years of 2010-2014, 19.7% of the residents of Madison County lived below the poverty line. What policies will you support to improve the availability of safe affordable housing and increased economic opportunities for all citizens?

I support URLTA .   Public housing and HUD programs need ongoing support so needed improvements and expansion can occur.  I  support a domestic violence shelter for women and children. 

Recruitment of businesses/industry has to continue.  Promotion of seasonal jobs for youth.  Promotion of internship placements within area businesses.  I welcome a vocational training program in the region and think options beyond college/university are needed.

I also support restrictions limiting  predatory lending businesses.

Question 6: 

What actions or initiatives can the city take to provide help and alternatives to families and people in Berea living with addiction?

Collaboration with area health care providers to gather data and identify  target populations.  Use grant writers to acquire funding options. Request and offer incentives for area health care agencies to increase mental health services .  Increase youth education about substance risks and protective factors.  Improve existing parks & build more parks.  Expand parks and recreation to include diverse adult sporting leagues .  Work with neighborhoods to identify specific areas of drug activity and then increase police presence in such.  Collaborate with the judicial system regarding community service options for offenders.  Hire staff to identify and establish community partners (businesses, schools, health care, churches), then train these partners in appropriate methods to support community members with substance use disorders. Establish programs or hire staff to function in case management roles that support individuals in accessing needed services(housing, jobs, health care, legal support, etc). Develop a  public health sector/department within local government that researches and engages the community from an evidenced based approach.

Question 7: 

What measures do you support to foster good relations between law enforcement officers and our local community?

Routine recognition from the city about the diverse services officers provide.  Promoting local businesses to offer "first responders" discounts.  Ongoing education and training for officers regarding positive community engagement, nonlethal deescalation training, and cultural awareness.  Appropriate review of charges being filed to monitor for discrimination trends.

Question 8: 

Last year there was a great deal of controversy around the selling of confederate flag merchandise at the Spoonbread Festival, and Berea students reported being harassed on the basis of race while in town. Given that, what measures do you support to address racial harassment in Berea?

Proactive statements made by the city promoting inclusiveness.  Encourage school administrators to promote racial awareness within the school settings.  Continue the Human Rights Commission and expand data collection/review regarding how it functions so that effectiveness and community relations improve.

Question 9: 

Berea is in the midst of making long-term decisions about where and how it gets and manages its wholesale electric power. Beyond safety, reliability and affordability, what considerations should be made with respect to Berea's electric power choices?

Additional considerations would hopefully include: Ethical track record and stated mission of the company, sustainability practices and environmental awareness-intentional moves towards renewables and business practices  that are nurture/respect the land around points of operation.