Georgetown is called “A Kentucky Treasure”. It is one of Kentucky’s fastest growing communities. In order to deal with the growth, yet retain our small town image, I would propose the following:
- Preserve and Protect Green Space as well as our Historic Downtown and Local Businesses
- Strengthen and Support Our Services and Infrastructure (Police, Fire, EMS, Sanitation and all agencies)
- Excellence in All We Do Towards Keeping Georgetown a Treasure
One of the main reasons I decided to run for Georgetown City Council is to help ensure that Georgetown grows in a way that does not undermine its unique character. As a small business owner, I can tell you that it’s great to have more customers and to have sales increase. However, unmanaged growth can lead to many unwanted circumstances. In 2013, we had a large number of drivers involved in fatal accidents, many from running red lights and driving while under the influence.
Most of the constituents that I have spoken with want to see Georgetown keep its small town identity in the midst of growth. There is Smart Growth, and that’s what I favor. Many of the people who have moved to Georgetown have done so because they want to live in a small growing city, not a sprawling metropolis. They are in love with all that Georgetown has to offer. Let’s keep it that way!
As Georgetown grows, our traffic will increase. As a former member of the Nicholasville Road/Fayette Mall rat race, I was always so happy to get back to Georgetown’s quiet streets. This past year, however, there have been many drivers here who have run red lights (due to high traffic), resulting in many accidents, several of which were fatalities.
We also need to make sure that there are adequate sidewalks for pedestrians. West Main Street is one area that needs sidewalks to insure safety.
I think Georgetown is a little gem waiting to be discovered in the Central Kentucky tourism scene. Tourism is key to the local revenue base. Historic Georgetown Inc. and the Georgetown-Scott County Tourism Commission are trying to bring people here. Although we have the Festival of the Horse and other events, we need other tourism opportunities. We need a downtown that is friendly to tour buses, allowing them to easily park and drop off their passengers, allowing them to eat and shop in the downtown area, bringing much needed revenue to businesses and the city’s tax base. We also need permanent, safe public restrooms.
When I was a Lexington resident many years ago, our curbside recycling bin was often more full than our trash container. A growing city like Georgetown needs its own curbside recycling program to reduce our impact on the environment in a user friendly way. It will also add to our quality of life, making Georgetown more attractive to families looking to relocate to Central Kentucky or businesses hoping to hang up their shingles in our community.