Sustainable Strong Finances
Lakewood needs a fair, comprehensive 360-degree approach to our challenges as a built-up, inner-ring suburb. 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.
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 We must fix neglected problems, such as speeding on side streets, and an outdated firing range which for years has required officers to spend time driving to Bay Village to train.
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 in line for replacement, 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.
Maintain City Services and Infrastructure
In addition to the senior center, and public pools, Lakewood’s water and sewer infrastructure needs significant further upgrades to meet Clean Water Act requirements. Meghan’s experience, resolving complex problems with a 360-degree approach, will help the city create a long-term plan to overhaul and update century-old infrastructure.
Transparency and Good Government
Public records are the people’s records, and Lakewood should be confident that all public resources are being used responsibly and fairly. Meghan has introduced reforms to make public records more accessible, and supports proposals to introduce ethics oversight and campaign finance limits to Lakewood.
Clean Energy and a Green City
Meghan George’s administration will get the city on course for a 100% renewable-energy Lakewood by a realistic completion date of 2040. Meghan has already co-sponsored successful legislation on city council to expand solar energy investment—making more efficient use of city buildings.
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.
Affordability for Lakewood Families
As a third-generation resident, Meghan is committed to keep Lakewood affordable for families at every stage of life. New construction needs to prioritize more family-friendly housing. Sidewalk replacement needs to be better planned, to avoid charging residents for new paving only for it to be torn up within a few years.
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.
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. Meghan’s administration will work on traffic bottlenecks, mark bike lanes more visibly with green paint, and engage with police to reduce speeding.
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.