High Quality City Services
Local public services are first and foremost about people. Helping organizations improve their workforce is Meghan George’s responsibility as a consultant, and as Lakewood’s mayor, she will be prepared on day one to address gaps in every department serving the community.
Public safety should be an equal right in Lakewood for all residents and visitors. Our police need to receive ongoing training, to be prepared in advance for evolving challenges. We must fix neglected problems such as the outdated firing range, which has required spending officers’ time driving to Bay Village to train, for years.
Enhanced Senior Services
Our senior population, often longtime residents who have contributed to the community for decades, is an essential responsibility. With the current senior center due for major updates, we have to make important decisions in the next few years. Our senior services must address both the needs of an aging population, and of the whole community in which many seniors will remain active and involved members, if we make the right investments.
Lakewood needs a plan for taking on our challenges as a built-up, inner-ring suburb, in a way that is fair and sustainable. Meghan George has advised business throughout Ohio in how to meet employees’ needs while saving money, and she is well prepared to lead in auditing Lakewood’s financial picture; managing the payrolls which account for most of the city’s budget; and working with employers to secure good jobs in Lakewood.
With 50,000 residents, including a significant senior population and students who mostly walk to school, Lakewood has to keep our streets safe, accessible and in good repair. Since adding roads is not practical, meanwhile, we should meet the demand for alternate modes of getting around wherever possible, so that driving in Lakewood is more choice and less chore.
Smart Development of Commercial Corridors
In investing, diversification is the most basic rule for long term success. The same wisdom should guide a resident-first approach to development in Lakewood, rather than expensive subsidies for a narrow area of the city. Madison as well as Detroit Avenue should both be vibrant, viable spaces for entrepreneurship, from Ward 1 to Ward 4.
Housing/Building Code Enforcement
Existing housing stock and storefronts are some of Lakewood’s most important assets. A high proportion of rental property, meanwhile, makes our Building Department an essential area for investment. The long-term health of Lakewood depends on protecting the resources necessary for effective, ongoing code enforcement.
Maintain and enhance historic preservation
Bring proactive and creative in keeping historic buildings occupied not only respects our city’s heritage, but our future as well. Far more often than not, the greenest building is the one already constructed. We should commit to better preserving what remains of the churches, theaters, schools and other historic buildings, as much for the next generation as for ours.