Can­di­date Q&A: Ryan Bar­rett

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The News What do you see as the big­gest is­sues fac­ing Por­terdale?

Bar­rett: As Chair­man of Plan­ning and Zon­ing, I see the need for ac­cess to food­whether in the form of a farm­ers mar­ket or a gro­cery store- in our com­mu­nity. We en­joy pro­mot­ing our city as a walk able com­mu­nity; how­ever we need ac­cess to food within walk­ing dis­tance. In ad­di­tion to bring­ing much needed rev­enue into the city, it would be a in­cred­i­ble ser­vice to the dis­abled, low in­come and se­nior cit­i­zens in our com­mu­nity.

An­other key is­sue need­ing to be ad­dressed is the need for an en­closed com­mu­nity cen­ter. Ac­cess to such a struc­ture would ben­e­fit the en­tire city. Our youth and se­nior cit­i­zens would ben­e­fit most from a fa­cil­ity that could pro­vide a safe lo­ca­tion for pos­i­tive and pro­duc­tive ac­tiv­i­ties, ad­di­tion­ally it would bring safe har­bor through times of dis­as­ter. We have ac­cess to SPLOST re­sources- If we pair that with fed­eral and pri­vate en­dow­ments, along with com­mu­nity fundrais­ing, we could make this a re­al­ity with­out rais­ing city taxes. The News: What do you see as the role of his­toric preser­va­tion as the City of Por­terdale con­tin­ues to grow? Bar­rett: The His­toric Preser­va­tion Com­mis­sion’s role per­tains to ad­vis­ing the city coun­cil in the his­toric district. Ex­pan­sion of the city lim­its would not re­quire sig­nif­i­cant in­volve­ment from HPC, as the Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion is re­spon­si­ble for ad-

vis­ing the city coun­cil on th­ese mat­ters.

As for growth within the his­toric district, the in­put from HPC should con­tinue to be ac­knowl­edged and re­spected by the coun­cil. The over­all public in­ter­est should al­ways be the coun­cil’s pri­mary con­cern, and mat­ters from cit­i­zens should be heard. The News: Where do you see the City of Por­terdale in four years? If elected, what are your goals for the four years you’re in of­fice?

Bar­rett: Where I see the fu­ture of Por­terdale truly de­pends on this elec­tion. If for­ward think­ing coun­cil mem­bers are elected, such as my­self, I see Por­terdale not only con­tin­u­ing to thrive- but en­hanced by hav­ing all hands on deck. While keep­ing our "May­berry" feel, we can pro­vide the for­ward think­ing city per­son­nel and other coun­cil mem­bers to re­cruit var­ied busi­nesses, of­fer ad­di­tional ser­vices to all res­i­dents and fur­ther in­volve our en­tire com­mu­nity. By adding much needed re­sources, we will pull our com­mu­nity to­gether to take Por­terdale into the next decade with life and pros­per­ity for all. The News: How can city res­i­dents reach you if they have more ques­tions?

Bar­rett: I pride my­self on be­ing ac­ces­si­ble and will­ing to an­swer ques­tions from any res­i­dent of Por­terdale. Any­one with ques­tions, com­ments or if they wish to get a cam­paign sign for their yard can call 678-7297005 or sub­mit com­ments on our web­site: www.Bar­ret­, or on Face­book at Ryan Bar­rett for City Coun­cil.

Ryan Bar­rett

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