7 yrs planning commission, 4 yrs Twp. Trustee, 4 yrs Councilman, 4 yrs Vice Mayor, and currently 4 yrs as Mayor. I grew up in Beavercreek so I have seen it grow from farm land to the exciting community it is today. I owned and operated a local business for 40 years and served on numerous boards and commissions to support various agencies serving our community.
Beavercreek High School class of 1967. Attended Wright State 67 & 68. US Army 1969 - 1972 with a variety of training schools. Served in Vietnam 69-71 with the USASA. Became Certified as a health/housing inspector while employed by the Montgomery Co. Health Dist.
As we all know Beavercreek was just one of many communities affected. The tornado did physical and emotional damage to those in it's path. In Beavercreek,the physical damage repair is well under way with most infrastructure damage being repaired and many homes and businesses already repaired or in the process of being re-built. Others will take longer as the owners struggle with insurance claims. The aftermath of the tornado has shown us all that Beavercreek is a vibrant and caring city that will always reach out to help each other. I have always been proud of our city, but I am now so very proud of our people.
The first weeks after the tornado is where I was able to most help with the recovery. As Mayor, I was called upon to help organize and coordinate services to the affected areas and the residents. From here on, we must be actively involved with the Regional Planning relief efforts and our own Emergency Management Agency so we are prepared to address the long term recovery.
The tornado exposed the negatives being without and income tax but on the other hand the recession of 08 showed the value of a steady property tax revenue. There is no magic formula. Property tax is for specific use only while an income tax is more flexible, so in the case of the tornado, recovery funds had to be taken from the road department and general fund. Any surplus funds in other divisions of the city could not be used. It is increasing evident that many who work in Beavercreek and live elsewhere are benefiting form but not paying for our city services, so we are losing out on a revenue source. Ultimately, I will support and operate with whatever funding source the residents desire.
The voters have resoundingly said no several times over the last 30 years. It may be time to ask the voters opinion again. Voters will have to see a clear benefit by means of increased services that they may desire and the benefit of receiving taxes from employees not residing in the city.
We have been hit hard in the road department and general fund as the clean up efforts are in the range of three million dollars, most coming from the road department. We have a five year capital spending plan that will be impacted but not heavily. The new State gas tax revenue will offset a large portion of road department cuts, and we were sitting well with a designed 20% carry over that we are able to reach in to. There will be some projects placed on hold or reduced, but our vision of new projects that could be done with the added gas tax revenue will just have to wait a year or two.
I believe it was a mistake to have allowed the dispensary to locate in Beavercreek and I was certainly a part of the decision that I regret and have corrected so it can not happen again. That said, I do not feel a dispensary will cause any noticeable problems any greater than many other types of business. I regret letting it happen because of our proximity and dependency on Wright Patterson Air Force Base. With so many working on or for the Base, we should abide by the Federal position on the issue of marijuana.
Infrastructure and all that contains remains to be # 1,2,3,---. As a very rural community 40 years ago where roads and plats were constructed without and curbs and sidewalks, where roadways and plats were developed without any storm water drainage systems, where roadways were designed 50 plus years ago, they can not handle today's traffic.
With current funding sources we deal with these issues in small bites. Wherever roadway improvements are underway, we add the necessary drainage, curbs and sidewalks but we are unable to address these issues on a large scale without additional funding. We will continue to make upgrades wherever possible on a project to project basis.
Beavercreek has been my home for 66 years, having located here at age four. I left to serve in the Army for 3 years where I saw many areas of our country but returned home to Beavercreek. My wife Margaret and I have been married for 46 years and have one son named Christopher.
We have a very talented and knowledgeable staff that gets the hard work done while taking direction form Council on desired long term goals.
As Mayor, I try to inform and encourage all of council to join me at functions outside of City Hall. We all work well together and I intend to continue my community outreach and welcome other council members to join me. We will have at least three brand new council members next year and I look forward to helping them along their journey in local government. Thanks for allowing me the honor to serve as your Mayor and I ask for your support for another term as our wonderful city moves forward. Thank You
I have made a life vocation to build community based solutions for local community problems. I have served on Beavercreek City Council for 16 years, including being elected Mayor twice. My current term ends this December. Professionally I was a Community Development Administrator, who worked with neighborhoods, then wrote grant applications, designed programs, and administered project management. I worked on city staff and as a consultant. My husband Ken and I moved here in 1985 with two children: Jessica and Zachary. During those 35 years, I have been continually engaged in Beavercreek and regional projects. During the past five years, I served on the Executive Board of Greene Giving; as Board Member on the Mental Health and Recovery Board for Greene, Clark, and Madison Counties; as Vice President of the Dayton Region Brain Health Foundation; as President of Friendship Force of Dayton, as Program Chairperson for the Beavercreek Women’s League, and Chairperson of the Dayton Walk of Fame Advisory Board. My 4th term on Beavercreek City Council ends December 2019. My leadership is respected. I am often asked to serve. During 2020, I plan to focus the majority of my leadership and energy for Beavercreek as Mayor.
Masters Degree is Public Administration from the University of Dayton.
B.S. in Human Ecology from the University of Maryland (focus=housing and urban planning)
The tornado significantly changed northern neighborhoods in Beavercreek: the tree canopy and many homes were destroyed or damaged.
The tornado also accentuated the dangers of our meager City budget. There is no “rainy day fund” AND because we are funded via levies, we budget in “silos.” There is little funding available for needs that arise. It is because of the tornado that I stepped in as a candidate for Mayor. I am all “fired up” to build an ACTION PLAN, with our new City Council, staff and community. We must have sustainable long-term city financial plan. If we do not, the quality of our neighborhoods is at risk.
What will I do to help recovery?
(a) As Mayor, I would insure that Beavercreek partners with the Long Term Recovery committee organized to serve the region. I would help our residents as they navigate the complexities of recovery from a natural disaster. I would partner with the Dayton Foundation and other organizations to make certain opportunities for assistance are not overlooked.
(b) As Mayor, I would ask tree trimmers and contractors register with the City. Most contractors are reliable, but a few residents have experienced problems.
No one wants income tax. However, in Ohio, that is the way the State expected cities to secure a portion of their revenue. It is estimated that $11.5 million dollars was collected by Beavercreek employers in 2018. We forego that revenue. The State law says that if the city of the employer doesn’t have an income tax, then those fund are sent to the city where the employee resides. Beavercreek property owners are paying 100% of the police and all road maintenance expenses even though thousands of commuting workers are using those services daily. At some point, we need to stop “gifting” that $11.5 million to our neighboring cities. Beavercreek has $200 million dollars of unfunded maintenance, repair, and upgrade projects. They are closeted sitting on a list AND our City Manager is discovering that it in NOT even a complete list! Wise minds would not procrastinate. It is logical that Beavercreek voters at least give informed consideration to using income tax as a revenue pay-down the BACKLOG of DEFERRED MAINTENANCE and REPAIRS. As Mayor, I would re-establish a task force to evaluate options so that our homeowners can have some relief from their property tax burden.
I believe that if a strong information campaign was presented, that the voters would support an income tax.
The City Staff has been upgrading the management plan for all City assets: buildings, roadways, parks, and storm water management. This new management capacity will improve the City’s ability to systematically forecast most budget needs.
Accountability is also a key factor. As Mayor, I will advocate for a City Budget that clearly defines the quality of service citizens can expect. Quarterly financial information presented in charts and graphs will make it easier for citizens to understand budget revenues and progress toward accomplishing defined workload goals.
My highest priority is a better management inventory of all city assets. City Council will be better able to make informed policy decisions, if the management system upgrade is completed. The 40 year old system was subjective and incomplete. The City Manager recently completed an inventory of all the buildings. He is VERY CONCERNED about City’s limited budget. When the air conditioners in the Senior Center failed, it would have been more cost effective to replace at least half of them, but we could not afford that best practice. Instead significant money was spent on repairs will only serve us a couple years.
My second priority would be to continue using the street funds that we have as “the local portion” required in order to secure state and federal grants for streets (primarily arterials like North Fairfield and Dayton Xenia). We stretch our local tax dollars by securing grants for big projects.
Beyond those two priorities, I worry about how long it will take the city to “catch up” with the backlogged street and storm water maintenance in all plats. Physical fitness is important. Our residents are now running and biking more often. Bikeways and sidewalks are also a priority.
I organize a Community Town Hall meeting to talk about medical marijuana, which resulted in a new Beavercreek policy prohibiting approval of any additional marijuana facilities in our city. I do not expect the single dispensary business to cause problems. I don’t expect it to be a high traffic business. Our zoning codes and police will provide oversight.
The biggest issue facing the city is our limited revenue. Beavercreek has “a nice face”, but beyond the arterial streets, infrastructure repairs are deferred and stockpiled. The Police Department has outgrown its building. The City Council Chambers are only barely ADA compliant. Many neighborhood plats have storm water problems, deteriorating rollback curbs, and no sidewalks. For decades, we have known that in order to attract businesses to Research Park, the City would have to install preliminary infrastructure, such as water and sewer. We are the third largest city in the region, but we have no recreation center. Demographics note that Beavercreek’s population is one of the wealthiest in the region, yet the City doesn’t provide any advocacy assistance to our residents. As Mayor, I would establish a task force of Council, Staff, and citizens to review the city’s needs and the revenue options. We need a long term financial plan to maintain quality services and infrastructure in Beavercreek.
The second critical issue is leadership. Examples: (1) During the past years, the City Council has rarely challenged or questioned staff recommendations. City Council has operated as a “yes” board. (2) During the last four years, City Council has not established goals, objectives and priorities. The draft 2020 City budget lists Council priorities, but at least two of the four items left over from a 2008 City Council retreat and have not be reevaluated. (3) In hindsight I am very worried about the City Charter amendments that are on the ballot. They significantly reduce the citizen input AND citizens’ ability to impact policy discussions. They also make it harder to replace an under-preforming City Manager. (4) The Council appoints boards so there will be citizen involvement and opinions, but there is little follow through. City Council has not had any dialog with Environmental Committee to jointly identify key issues or parameters. There are several vacancies on that board. As Mayor, I would correct all four of these examples by leading a team of engaged City Council members. Rather than simply rubber-stamping staff recommendations, we would work as a team to more clearly define the quality and quantity of service to be provided with budgeted money.
FIRST I would call notice to the fact that I am a COMMITTED PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE. I have served twice as your Mayor. I listen. I will be an advocate for Beavercreek.
SECOND I remind you that I an EXPERIENCED LEADER. I laid the groundwork for local government leadership with my education. During my 35 years in Beavercreek. I have regularly been chosen for non-profit leadership positions throughout the city and region.
THIRDLY, I am a person who GETS THINGS DONE.