Six Issues

This election is about choices.

Carolina, Maureen, and Brian are three working parents with children at Hillside School who are committed to Allendale for the long-term.

As soon as we launched our campaign we started going door-to-door to meet and listen to Allendale residents. We differ from the incumbents on many issues that affect you and our community. Because newspapers don’t cover local government much anymore, it’s important that we tell you where we stand so you can make an informed decision on November 6.

Here are six issues to consider:

 

1. BRANCH PICK-UPS AFTER MAJOR STORMS AND FALL LEAF COLLECTIONS

The old way: Pay a landscaper or buy a truck.

Our new choice: We’ll bring back curbside branch pick-ups and make fall leaf collections that work for residents. This service is common in surrounding towns with similar tax rates, and is important to our quality of life and property values. We deserve better value for our tax dollars.

2. SENIORS

The old way: No senior issues committee.

Our new choice: We’ll appoint residents to a Senior Issues Committee that can provide input to the mayor and council in order to better serve our seniors.

3. NO SALARIES FOR MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS

The old way: On May 11, 2017 the mayor and council, including the incumbents, introduced a new law to immediately begin paying themselves a salary. Once the public learned of this violation of Allendale’s longstanding tradition of voluntary service, the council backed away from adopting this unwarranted and unnecessary law.

Our new choice: Allendale is a community of volunteers. We honor the tradition of having an all-volunteer mayor and council – a practice that lasted from 1894 until 2017. We will never take a salary, even if our Republican colleagues choose differently. We believe residents can disagree about this without being dismissed as disagreeable.

4. IMPROVE SIDEWALKS AND CROSSWALKS FOR A MORE SAFELY WALKABLE ALLENDALE

The old way: No sidewalks along sections of major roads leading to schools. Many sidewalks and crosswalks in need of improvement.

Our new choice: We’ll consult with residents and work with county and state agencies on a multi-year plan so that *every* child and senior in Allendale will have a safe route to walk to school or downtown.

5. EVENING OFFICE HOURS AT BOROUGH HALL

The old way: Take time off from work to get a permit.

Our new choice: Occasional evening hours at Borough Hall for permits, licenses, and other transactions that will be more convenient for working residents.

6. LIVESTREAM VIDEO OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETINGS

The old way: The current policy is that residents should “come to a meeting” and read legal notices pinned to the bulletin board in Borough Hall to stay informed.

Our new choice: We’ll livestream and record video of council meetings on a YouTube channel. We’ll tell residents beforehand when something big is going to be discussed – no more surprises. If you come to raise an issue or ask a question, you’ll be treated with respect. It’s 2018 and we see no good reason to keep resisting this basic measure transparency and accountability.