David Livingston | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

David Livingston

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Question 1: 

Internet service -Many in our county live in rural communities that have inconsistent internet access. The lack of internet accessibility makes it harder for folks to access information from local government, needed services, conducting personal businesses, and serves to isolate folks from the broader community. What can the fiscal court do to create better internet access for rural residents?

The Fiscal Court is currently working with companies, including AT&T, Spectrum and others, to work on availability and reliability.  We are also exploring options of Wi-Fi for those who are not accessible to the needed lines to carry the service.

Question 2: 

Landfill -Currently, the Central Kentucky Landfill is located near Sadiveville. Residents have had concerns about overcrowded narrow roads, creating dangerous driving situations in the surrounding community. There have been several accidents involving vehicles delivering trash, and residents living nearby have raised questions regarding serious quality of life concerns. In addition to this, the company maintaining the landfill is seeking to expand its size. What steps can and should the fiscal court take to assuage residents concerns?

Currently, the landfill has sued the Board of Adjustments and Fiscal Court regarding the declination of the expansion.  I am unable to comment at this time due to legal ramifications.

Question 3: 

Fairness -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. Nine 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 Scott County to protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination?

I believe all people deserve the same access to housing, employment, etc.....I am unaware of any issues to date of discrimination from any of the classes that would be protected under a fairness ordinance.  Passing an ordinance would all depend on how the ordinance is written. To say, yes would be disingenuous. We first need to know what the legislation says, before agreeing or disagreeing with it.

Question 4: 

Health, Stability, etc. including Housing -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?

Health, stability,  and housing are very important, but we also need to include education.  My wife is a 3rd grade teacher and has students come into and out of her class during the school year.  All of these areas can be partially solved by quality jobs and quality training. For those who need a little more help, the Fiscal Court helps to financially support great organizations and also our family volunteers in areas to help support and encourage people. Our parks and rec system is very important to catch the next generation coming up to provide them with alternatives than what their parents may have experienced.

Question 5: 

Revenue for Infrastructure Needs -As Scott County continues to grow we will need to fund new infrastructure needs for our county. In addition, much of our older infrastructure is about to be scheduled for needed maintenance. What are your strategies for finding needed revenue for both recurring and new infrastructure needs?

Scott County is very blessed with a great economy due in large part to manufacturing.  Our current need for additional revenue is overcome by being fiscally responsible.  The County is debt free and has a reserve that has allowed us to pay for projects with cash, not borrowing monies.

Question 6: 

Spindletop Water Concerns -Last year it was discovered that a sewage spill contaminated the water of the roughly 1500 person community of Georgetown Mobile Estates, formerly known as the separate communities of Ponderosa and Spindletop. What will you do to help make sure that all residents have adequate and safe water?

We are currently working with GMWSS, City of Georgetown, and the attorneys for the owner of the communities.  I am not directly involved with this committee. Magistrate Wallace is participating in the dialogue.  It is my understanding that the owners are performing upgrades as the finances allows.  The main point is to get the communities onto the GMWSS system. A key to this though is that the line run does not allow for commercial growth as laid out in our comprehensive plan. The intent is to keep a green belt between Lexington and Georgetown.