The Richmond Register

Election

November 4, 2012

Blythe seeking sixth term on Richmond City Commission

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RICHMOND —

Defend rezoning of property at Barnes Mill and Lancaster for a student housing project.

“I supported rezoning of the Lackey property at Lancaster Avenue and Barnes Mill Road. It was a good decision and the entire community will benefit. I personally support the project because of the additional benefits such as the straight road where there is presently a curve. I have a friend who was injured in a head-on collision in that curve. If this saves a life, it has been justified.”

Does the city sufficiently support, promote its Human Rights Commission?

“The Human Rights Commission should prepare and submit a budget of what it feels is necessary for its operation to be able to fulfill its mission.  The city should give support. But, the Human Rights Commission might also seek other sources to provide an opportunity for community participation on a higher level.”

Should the city expressly ban discrimination based on sexual orientation?

“I am undecided in the matter of modifying our current Human Rights Ordinance to include the additional protected classes – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons. The reason is that as I continue to seek the community’s feelings, I find that all want fairness, but are not certain that this is the way to achieve that fairness. Even among the legal profession, there is concern about designating certain protected classes.”

Are minorities adequately represented among city employees and are give equal consideration for promotions?

“I feel that fair consideration is given to all in seeking employees for the city, and I find that some of our departments are doing a better job at seeking to have our employee staff representative of our community. Where I personally have concerns, I address the matter immediately and use the available avenues.”

What can the city do to redevelop its downtown?

“In a recent meeting of the Kentucky League of Cities, the matter of approaches to revitalizing downtowns was a topic for discussion. A city south of us has taken an approach which I feel might be something that we should consider. It involves the city taking the lead in bringing the downtown businesses and residents into a cooperative agreement to further its own interests.”

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