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Jim Richardson's candidate questionnaire for the Lebanon City Council

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By The Staff

Name: Jim Richardson Age: 66 Educational background: I graduated from Campbellsville High School and attended several work related classes while working at Western Ky Gas CO. and Atmos Energy Address: 713 Westland Drive, Lebanon, KY 40033   Work Experience: Worked for Atmos Energy and formerly Western Ky Gas for 43 Years 30 years as Service Technician, 13 Years in Management, Retired in 2004.   Family Information: I have been married to Carlotta for 46 years I have two sons, Eric and Byron Two Grand children, Michael and Erica One step grand daughter Michaela   Organizations (church, civic groups, etc.): I am a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where I have served as deacon and elder.  I was a member of the Lebanon Fire Department for almost 20 years. I was a member of the Lebanon Kiwanis Club for three years and served as President for 1 year.   1. Why are you running for office?   I like it is everyone's civic duty to do whatever they can to make the city a better place to work and live. I would like to help continue the progress that Lebanon has achieved for the past four years that I have worked with the city council. I would like to see the projects that we have started completed such as Centre Square, the new park expansion and the new Industrial park. I would like to see the addition of more factories with diversified interests. I would like to see better sidewalks and some sewer lines upgraded. I want to help make Lebanon a town that all residents are proud to call home.   2. What qualifications and experiences have prepared you to serve on the city council?   I worked for Western Ky Gas Co. and Atmos Energy for nearly 43 years. During that time I dealt with nearly any type of emergency situations that could arise, I feel like I am A good listener and am capable of handling most complaints that arise. During the time That I have lived in Lebanon I have a pretty thorough knowledge of the entire town by working every day with the leaders of the city street departments, sewer department, and water company. I was also a volunteer fireman for almost 20 years, during that time I held every position on the department.   3. The Lebanon City Council recently approved an animal control ordinance after several months of discussion and a mix of support and criticism from members of the public. Would you support amending the ordinance, why or why not? What factors would affect your decision?   First of all this ordinance was not intended to make a hardship on anyone, I voted for It because it gave the community some protection from the ones who were not taking care of their animals. I had numerous calls concerning abuse of animals from their such as not keeping their enclosures clean to prevent the odor from offending their neighbors. Also we had residents in several areas that were keeping dangerous animals and was allowing them to run loose. This ordinance allows more control of how the offenders can handle these situations. Also the ordinance was intended to make pet owners more responsible to protect the other citizens from animals that are allowed to run free. I would be in favor of amending this ordinance if any one could show a better means of controlling the problems that the city has had. I am proud of the work that the committee did on this, they were called upon to do a job that was not a popular thing to do.   4. E-911 has made headlines in Marion County for more than a decade, and the discussion has been renewed in recent months. Do you favor E-911 for the county? If yes, how should the service be funded, and where should that funding come from? If no, why not?   I am very much in favor of E-911. The funding should come from the county budget since the citizens of Lebanon also pay county taxes in addition to their city taxes. I do not feel that it would be fair for the city residents to pay more than the county residents.   5. As fuel prices and health care costs continue to climb, they also put a greater strain on the city budget. If this trend continues, what steps should the city take to remain under budget?   We would have to go through the budget line by line and separate the ones that need to be done and the ones that can wait until a later date. We would have to look at use of All sources of heating and cooling cost to see if we could possibly reduce any of these. We could look at the mileage of all city transportation to see if it can be reduced in any way. We would look at the budget just like any family has to do and cut back on anything that we could to make it work.   6. What else would you like voters to know about you?   I have served two terms on the Lebanon city council. I have tried to study all of the major concerns and complaints that has risen in order to come up with a solution to benefit those that are concerned and for the city of Lebanon. I know some of the solutions have not been the most popular choices but in my view and with talking with different ones in the community, I feel that we have made the correct decisions. I am the type of person that enjoys trying to make the city a better place to live and raise my family. This city has a lot to be proud of and I am proud to say that I have been a small part of the progress that it has made in the last four years. I am retired and therefore I have ample time to devote to the duty of city council. I would like to ask for your vote and support in the upcoming election, and I will try my best to continue giving the citizens of Lebanon my best effort as a City Council member.