Mike Be­saw

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The News: What do you see as the big­gest is­sues fac­ing Ox­ford? Be­saw: I per­son­ally do not see any “is­sues with Ox­ford,” but I do see “op­por­tu­ni­ties and room for ex­pan­sion” such as healthy living life­style, out­door recre­ation, parks, bike trails, plenty of ar­eas to grow and cre­ate a well-bal­anced shop­ping, din­ing, light en­ter­tain­ment and at­trac­tions. The News: What skills will (do) you bring to the coun­cil to help ad­dress those is­sues?

Be­saw: What I can bring to the coun­cil is to help with pro­gres­sion of our unique lit­tle city. For ex­am­ple, I am very help­ful with de­vel­op­ment growth ideas, trail and park de­sign. I am al­ready in­ter­ac­tive with the col­lege and com­mu­nity. A mem­ber of New­ton Trails, The Yel­low River Trail and do­nate a gen­er­ous raf­fle prize from my busi­ness to Pied­mont New­ton Hospi­tal every year. With ex­pe­ri­ence as a small busi­ness owner I would be in­ter­ested in open­ing a bi­cy­cle re­pair/

small diner for the area. Over­all, I want to help Ox­ford be­come a quaint des­ti­na­tion to ex­plore his­toric homes and land­marks. The News: With the con­tin­ued ex­pan­sion of the Emory Univer­sity foot­print and the pro­posed down­town de­vel­op­ment, what can be done to main­tain the qual­ity of life that cit­i­zens have come to ex­pect in Ox­ford?

Be­saw: I be­lieve whole-heart­edly that Emory Univer­sity has Ox­ford in its best in­ter­est. And will be only mak­ing pos­i­tive for­ward move­ment for their stu­dents, staff and their neigh­bors, us the cit­i­zens of Ox­ford.

As far as down­town de­vel­op­ment, I be­lieve that a small shop­ping area, per­haps a small fresh veg­etable “farm to ta­ble,” called “Farm­ing-hood” a neigh­bor­hood lo­cal mar­ket. Grayson has a won­der­ful work­ing ex­am­ple of one. We can adopt and look at sev­eral dif­fer­ent work­ing struc­tures from other towns and cities.

Any type of trend­ing cloth- ing for reg­u­lar New­ton County schools and of course the col­lege kids. Any area for some­one to enjoy a cup of cof­fee and free Wi-Fi, a “Com­mon Ground cof­fee shop,” if you will, would help gen­er­ate rev­enue for the city and help Ox­ford start to­wards what they strive to be­come. I would like to pro­pose a mo­tion to grant money to homes that are sta­ples to our com­mu­nity to help re­vi­tal­ize the struc­tures in our town whether they are pri­vate or city owned, given within a cer­tain age of the home for preser­va­tion.

I hon­estly do not think that the qual­ity of life would change much at all for the cur­rent cit­i­zens of Ox­ford aside from con­ve­nience and keep­ing our money within our own city. The News: Do you think greenspace or park­ing should be a priority for the Ox­ford City Coun­cil? Be­saw: I be­lieve that a greenspace and park­ing is a

a must if the city chooses to move for­ward with the goals set at hand. Both are ob­tain­able. The News: Where do you see the City of Ox­ford in four years? Be­saw: Four years from now, hope­fully Ox­ford will have some type of com­mu­nity area, a gath- er­ing place which peo­ple can min­gle and get to know their neigh­bors. Pos­si­bly, lighten up on the strict zon­ing laws to give more op­por­tu­nity for en­trepreneur­ship. The News: How can vot­ers con­tact you if they have ad­di­tional ques­tions? Be­saw: Mike Be­saw, 1020 Emory Street Ox­ford Ge­or­gia 30054 404-606-8788 Square­bikes@gmail.com

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