My goal is to help the Town function efficiently and openly and to respond actively to the concerns of our residents. A progressive, independent thinker, I’m 43 years old—a fair amount younger than the current members of our board. I’m also a husband, father and full-time Sidney resident for the past 19 years.
In my time here, I have managed local businesses, maintained municipal buildings and had the privilege of interacting with scores of residents from different walks of life. I have an affinity for listening to, working with and helping people. I also have extensive experience with online communication.
If elected, I will
- Hold regular office hours open to the public.
- Update the town’s Comprehensive Plan.
- Work with the Sidney Chamber of Commerce and Four Towns Forward to help the businesses of Sidney thrive and to make the town an attractive place for new businesses to open.
- Focus on open communication between the Town and Village boards and Sidney residents.
- Improve the Board’s online and print communication with the people of Sidney.
- Encourage the implementation of renewable energies when old municipal systems need replacing.
- Work to bring a women’s health center and other much-needed healthcare options to the Hospital.
Hold regular office hours open to the public:
A lot of other municipalities’ board members hold regular office hours for the public. Currently, this is not the case in Sidney. Aside from being open to the public, there’s an endless amount of tasks and planning to be done. I will make myself readily available for appointments as well as the most important thing: getting the job done.
Update the town’s Comprehensive Plan:
This past summer I was chosen to be on a Town Committee to update the Comprehensive Plan. Most folks don’t understand how important this document is and how much it affects the town’s zoning and planning. Considering the current Plan is over 20 years old and arguably none of its objectives were realized, I think it’s time for an update.
Work with the Sidney Chamber of Commerce and Four Towns Forward to help the businesses of Sidney thrive and to make the town an attractive place for new businesses to open:
We’re very blessed in Sidney to have an active Chamber of Commerce whose head and members are really trying hard to promote business, organize community gatherings, foster a healthy community spirit, and in general vitalize the Village and Town. Currently, the Town Board has no liaison or active participation with them. I will be that person.
Focus on open communication between the Town and Village boards and Sidney residents:
This goes hand in hand with working with the Chamber of Commerce and Four Towns Forward. This past summer we had our first music festival at the airport, organized almost entirely by the Chamber and FTF. These are the kinds of forward thinking projects and events that I will be looking to participate in and help with at the town board level. One great example of open and practical communication on the government level is how the village and town highway departments interact with and help each other out regularly. I believe the other elected officials should be doing the same, and I will be doing that.
Improve the Board’s online and print communication with the people of Sidney:
Quite simply: it’s 2023. There’s a lot we can do to get with the times.
Encourage the implementation of renewable energies when old municipal systems need replacing:
There are a lot of options out there for replacing outdated HVAC systems with more energy efficient technology or renewables – from better insulation to geothermal heat pumps. I will make it a point to start those replacements. There’s no reason why we can’t save both kinds of green at the same time.
Work to bring a women’s health center and other much-needed healthcare options to the Hospital:
The hospital could be so much more but it needs a lot of TLC. Sidney is in such a great place geographically, and could really be a health care center for so many surrounding towns, not just Sidney. I will work to get this ball rolling.