(Read full 2015 End of Year Newsletter HERE)
Basketball is back at Rupp, Santa came thru town and Fire Station 20 has lights up all over the area. It is officially the holiday season. Since Council finished official business and is on break, it is a good time to reflect on the commitments I made in January and outline my focus going into the next year.
Increase accessibility and communication
I created the Neighborhood Presidents Council, which has met 4 times this year to ad-dress neighborhood issues and concerns. Mayor Gray and a number of other city personnel came out to the district to meet personally with us. Not only did they hear your concerns and provide resolutions, but they gained insight on what is needed in our neighborhoods. The “Coffee with the Councilmember” sessions at Southland Perk have been fantastic to connect with people beyond neighborhood leaders. I have enjoyed bringing government to you. We discussed downtown projects, storm water concerns, budget priorities, and park improvements just to name a few. I am also sending out quarterly welcome letters to those who move into the district so they know how to best use city re-sources.
Whenever issues arise, I am advocating to improve services in a simple and citizen-friendly way. The “Lexington’s 10th District” Facebook page has been invaluable in connect many of our citizens, especially this summer when quick communication was need-ed. I am very encouraged by the cooperation of Western Little League, Bluegrass Girl’s Fast Pitch, South Lexington Pony, and the Parks Department. By working together, we are maximizing our resources and volunteers with the goal to break ground on Cardinal Run Field 6 this spring. My office generates a high quality, easy to read newsletter with metrics that provides information no one else is providing in one place.
Efficiency in services and strong fiscal health
I will continue to advocate for sound fiscal policy placing emphasis on infrastructure, safety and parks. In fund balance, I will be allocating your city resources to improve traffic flow, increase traffic calming efforts in our neighborhoods and make meaningful park and land improvements. I believe good planning with long-term budget capacity in mind leads to good decisions about how to spend today’s resources which is why I am involved in both the aquatics and the parks master plan, and advocate for a holistic paving plan.
Innovative ways for community to grow and prosper
As the year has progressed, I have learned there are significant ways Lexington can continue to foster our education & workforce. I serve on the budget subcommittee that tracks our economic development partners, the GlobalLex commission that promotes economic sufficiency for our international population, and remain committed to my work internally with the Social Service Commissioner and externally with United Way’s House of Faith Initiative to create programs for our youth that bridges the current skills gap. I also use GTV3 to promote associations and non-profits in district and received Kentucky Institute for Economic Development Certification in August.
Most importantly, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve you this year. Every phone call, email, message and conversation has been constructive toward improving the district. I hope to see you out shopping, serving and enjoying the 10th district.