In her own words: Jen Wal­lace

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS -

1. What is the most im­por­tant is­sue af­fect­ing your district in par­tic­u­lar? How would you fix it?

By far, the most im­por­tant re­spon­si­bil­ity of City Coun­cil in the next year will be choos­ing a new City Man­ager. City Coun­cil has an op­por­tu­nity to choose a ca­pa­ble and ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sional who can bal­ance the chal­lenges and the op­por­tu­ni­ties fac­ing our City. This is a crit­i­cal de­ci­sion that will not only af­fect my con­stituents in District 3, but is of great im­pact to all Ne­wark­ers.

2. Do you sup­port the cap­i­tal ref­er­en­dum sched­uled for June? How will you make sure your con­stituents are in­formed about the is­sue? I sup­port the pur­chase of the Rod­ney dorm site and the con­struc­tion of a stormwa­ter man­age­ment fa­cil­ity and I am also in fa­vor of the pub­lic ref­er­en­dum process. Over the next few months, Coun­cil will be de­ter­min­ing the fi­nal ques­tions for the ref­er­en­dum. I have al­ready been reach­ing out to District 3 res­i­dents alert­ing them to the up­com­ing vote in June and ask­ing for in­put through a va­ri­ety of meth­ods, in­clud­ing: meet­ings with neigh­bor­hood groups, pub­lic con­stituent meet­ings, and up­dates in my e-news­let­ter.

3. What qual­i­ties are you look­ing for in the next city man­ager?

The City de­serves a man­ager who is res­i­dent-for­ward with their ap­proach and has the skills, ex­pe­ri­ence, and en­thu­si­asm to not only man­age the City’s daily op­er­a­tions, but to pre­pare Ne­wark for the fu­ture. Ne­wark needs a City Man­ager who pro­motes open and trans­par­ent gov­ern­ment, fos­ters a pos­i­tive and pro­duc­tive work­place en­vi­ron­ment, un­der­stands the de­mands fac­ing our City, and has the vi­sion and the abil­ity to cre­atively bring about so­lu­tions.

4. What steps, if any, should the city take to ad­dress con­cerns about down­town park­ing?

I have worked with the City to find cost-ef­fec­tive ef­forts to bet­ter man­age mu­nic­i­pal park­ing down­town, such as the ad­di­tion of count­down park­ing signs, and I will con­tinue to cham­pion ad­di­tional im­prove­ments, like a down­town park­ing map, bet­ter sig­nage, and a range of park­ing

changes that can bet­ter help res­i­dents and vis­i­tors en­joy our down­town.

5. What steps, if any, should the city take to pre­pare for the planned in­crease in the UD stu­dent pop­u­la­tion?

Pre­vi­ously, the Univer­sity had no plans to in­crease their stu­dent pop­u­la­tion, but with a new ad­min­is­tra­tion, their strat­egy has changed to in­clude dra­matic growth. In light of th­ese changes, the city needs to re-ex­am­ine its com­pre­hen­sive plan to de­velop a strat­egy to en­sure that Ne­wark doesn’t lose our home­town feel. With the se­lec­tion of a new City Man­ager, now is the time to re­new and strengthen the re­la­tion­ship be­tween UD and the City to make cer­tain that the in­ter­ests of Ne­wark’s res­i­dents

are rep­re­sented.

6. Name one spe­cific piece of legislation you would like to see coun­cil pass within the first three months of your term.

In light of a re­cent joint meet­ing be­tween the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and City Coun­cil, dur­ing which the topic of dis­cus­sion was zon­ing, growth and the Com­pre­hen­sive Plan, Coun­cil and the City should thought­fully con­sider changes to bring more bal­ance to de­vel­op­ment in the City. Coun­cil and the City must find ways to pro­mote in­clu­sion­ary hous­ing, so we can at­tract and re­tain fam­i­lies, young pro­fes­sion­als, and se­niors. Ne­wark is a col­lege town, but it is also a home­town.

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