Martha "Marty" Wayland Putz

Political party: 
Question 1: 

What are the major issues facing the City of Berea?

I believe Berea is beautiful, one of the best cities along Interstate 75. City hall and City Councils of the past have done a good job moving Berea forward.  I feel the current Berea City Council has played a passive role in preparing for “community changing events”, only viewed as a Lexington or a national problem. Reacting too slow to re-occurring meth deaths in Berea, the national reaction to the confederate flag, and the importance of the fairness ordinance.   The upcoming city council needs to be Pro-active. Be ready to compromise, so all actions taken are fair and beneficial to all Berea Citizens.  Future issues – The unusable sports stadium, neighborhood crime and community growth.

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’m presently serve on Berea’s Planning & Zoning Commission. The Comprehensive plan states Berea’s population is expected to grow 2.5 % per year.  It’s time to look at Tourism’s mission and goals, look at Berea’s park and recreation department.  Re-organize the recreation department to be “Berea Recreation and Community Education department”. Move the learn shops and any other education programs to Recreation, involve the college. Allowing Tourism to focus on promoting and selling the City of Berea in partnership with Economic Development. Tourism can support the development of historical districts, develop a new marketing campaign for the sustainable “buy local” initiatives.

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 was fortunate to work with George Oberst, who’s vision was to have sidewalks and bike lanes throughout Berea.  To provide Berea citizens pathways that would be safe and practical options to motorized transportation.  I would like Berea to develop rental bike stations at the Artisan Center, Indian Fort, and the new Tourism center.  The City needs to finish the installment of sidewalks, defined in the comprehensive plan.  To give pedestrians and bike riders a safe option off busy roads leading in and out of the City of Berea proper.  What about a joint bike pathway between Berea and Richmond?  I know Berea service clubs could organize bike safety fairs at elementary schools in Berea.

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.

No Discrimination period.  I’m in favor of passing a fairness ordinance in Berea.

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?

29.6% of Berea residents live below the poverty line. 31% of those residents are children.   I worry about safe affordable housing for families with young children. Some of the “affordable rentals,” house trailers or small houses that are maintained just above being condemned. 

Areas in Berea have been designated in the Comprehensive plan for new apartments and duplexes. The buildings are inspected by Berea’s code department.  All renters should have a copy of the Kentucky Landlord-Tenant Guide. If it isn’t a policy already, I would create a policy that states Berea landlords are required to give this handbook to all tenants.  Hotline information on the City website, for tenants   to file a complaint on an unsafe rental.  Business rentals should have the same landlord-tenant policy.

Question 6: 

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

The City of Berea can take budget action to approve funds and go after a grants to help families receive what I call first step counseling and education through a health agency in Berea. Maybe a Berea family member, especially a juvenile is addicted and expelled from school. The City of Berea should take the initiative to see about an alternative way to keep this juvenile, a student.  What about children who live with parents that are addicted?  There must be a City somewhere in America that has a program that is getting their citizens off their addiction and back to work.  A generation of Berea Citizens, a workforce might be lost to addiction if we don’t action, find an initiative. I’m ready to research if elected.

Question 7: 

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

I would identify the different areas of Berea into neighborhoods.  Set up a meet and greet in the neighborhood. The Chief of Police and the Neighborhood Watch program coordinator start the discussion, then listen. At a later date, if needed, follow up on any concerns personally.  If there isn’t a neighborhood watch program in the area, start one.  I started one in my subdivision, by offering my backyard and deck for a family cookout then Officer Clark from Berea Police spoke about the Neighborhood program. Over 25 families attended the event.

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?

There should be no racial harassment allowed in the City of Berea based on race period.  The City of Berea and Berea College can create a racial harassment policy together.  Enforce it throughout the city limits and the college.  It’s not just college students, also residents of Berea who are of other races.

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?

American Midwest Powerwas selected by the City of Berea. In selecting a public utility company, besides safety, reliability and affordability. You should look at their yearly financial reports, are they financially sound?  Do they have the staff, the equipment, the expertise to serve another city the size of Berea?  The contract needs to be reviewed for loop holes that might cause difficulty if the City or  the power company pulls out.   What kind of community outreach program will they offer?  Help consumers save energy and money.