Gilbert said the cost of maintaining streets continues to go up and the city must find ways to pay for street repairs without increasing the dollars spent from the citizens.
“Since I have been on the city council, I believe that there has been a significant improvement in the repair and maintenance of our streets. I will continue to fight to have more work done on the streets in Ward 3,” Gilbert said.
Davis said the three biggest issues facing the city council are: small business/economic development; blighted areas; and neighborhood safety and children.
Davis said the city council can help address blighted areas of vacant lots and vacant buildings.
“I want to be a strong advocate for small business and economic development,” Davis said.
He would help encourage small businesses to locate here. He said the city is working on this, but Davis would like to do more.
Also, Davis wants to see more citizen participation in reducing crime. He said the police department is doing a good job, but more citizen participation could help with safety, decrease neighbor break-ins, etc.
“I want our ward to be more involved in neighborhood associations,” Davis added.
He said Ward 3 associations and residents need to interact more with other ward associations.
He said more interaction between neighbors, parents and their children will help keep youth more involved in their community and safer.
Davis wants to encourage residents to go to school board meetings too and visit their children’s schools more often.
If budget cuts are needed, Gilbert said, “the city has made many cuts to the budget in the past several years since I have been on the city council. We have tried to stay ahead of the problems that are now affecting other communities. If further cuts were to be made in our budget, we would have to decrease the services that our citizens have come to rely on. I believe that if we were to have to make cuts we would need to cut positions in some of the management areas and combine duties.”