In August 2014 before the election, I wrote the following Platform Issue…it did not change throughout the Campaign!
2014…Review the Town Plan to make it fiscally responsible and current residents have input.
I want the City to grow in a sensible fiscally responsible way. For the previous administration, I conducted focus group interviews in January/February 2014 among Union residents and Union business owners. Everyone interviewed wanted Union to be a unique City…different from Florence and other surrounding cities. Resident biggest fear is that after the road is built, the City will grow too fast and there will be a lot of empty stores in the new Town.
Growth should be conducted in a sensible fiscally responsible way. Slow and steady growth is the key a successful new Union Town. To that end, I recommend keeping growth slow enough to make sure that it reflects what current residents want in the new Union Town and that those who invest into the new Union Town will be successful in their business endeavors.
It is now 2018, here is where we stand on this issue…
2018 Status…Converting the Old Plan Into a New Town.
Upon taking office, we re-organized our Economic Development Committee (EDC) Team. Their mission was to be the “center of the universe” when building the new Union downtown. They continue to work with the Boone County Planning Commission (BCPC) to work arm-in-arm with them. Today, the EDC has a cross-section or Union residents on the committee…including prominent Union landowners.
After the EDC reorganization, they thoroughly reviewed the Town Plan, developed in the year 2000, and found it to be a very sensible “guide” for the City of Union’s future. In developing the new City of Union downtown, our administration is focused on responsible growth while maintaining a small-town feel….where businesses are welcome and citizens can work, play and shop. Union is uniquely positioned to provide business locations that have 21st Century models.
Additionally, we know that the community desires a meeting place, with options for various events and creative spaces to encourage community interaction. With our growing community, it is obvious we need to look at a new city building as well as a new community center. Our current thinking is to combine a new city building with a new community center, creating a “center of the universe” in Union for our citizens. We know everyone wants to have a place to gather with family, friends and neighbors, and our priority for the next five years is to make that a reality.